Crisis in Venezuela: UNASUR and U.S. Foreign Policy

Earlier this month, Secretary of State John Kerry urged Congress not to respond to the Venezuelan government’s deadly crackdown against the democratic opposition. Recent high-level talks between the Venezuelan government and select members of the opposition have led the Secretary to mistakenly believe that the crisis will soon end. The Venezuelan government has been allowed to unilaterally dictate the terms of negotiations, which have been brokered by Venezuela’s philosophically aligned Union of South American States (UNASUR). These meetings have only confirmed the Venezuelan government’s determination to continue its violent reprisals. The Venezuelan government’s criminality is well documented, as is its aggressive anti-American foreign policy. Claiming that the United States should actively appease a foreign government that is hostile to both the U.S. and its democratic opposition is irresponsible and against U.S. interests. Congress should not let the U.S.’s Venezuela policy be decided by UNASUR.

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