Obama always thought he was smarter than everyone else and he could appease the world into peace. He failed. Miserably. But his arrogance and ignorance did achieve one thing: it opened the door for Cuba and Russia to to take over Venezuela.
Underestimating Cuba and Russia in Venezuela and the failure of Neo-Appeasement
“The United States and Cuba are talking about ways to solve the Venezuelan crisis.” – Secretary of State John Kerry, August 14, 2015
Five years ago, the then Secretary of State John Kerry before heading to Venezuela on August 14, 2015 in an interview with Argentine journalist Andres Oppenheimer stated that “the United States and Cuba are talking about ways to solve the Venezuelan crisis.”
The situation in Venezuela continued to worsen, and the presence of the Castro regime only served to aggravate the situation in the South American country. Six months after Secretary Kerry announced that the Castro regime and the Obama Administration were seeking to solve the crisis in Venezuela opposition lawmakers declared a food emergency in February 2015. Despite the thaw with the Cuban dictatorship and efforts to engage the Maduro regime, the Obama Administration was accused by the Venezuelan dictator of being responsible for the country’s instability. In July 2016 reports emerged of food riots were the police were shooting into hungry crowds.
Ten years ago the Obama Administration, together with other countries in the region, ignoring the Democratic clause of the Organization of American States welcomed the Castro regime back into the democratic regional body in June 2009. Raul Castro was not interested because the dictator preferred to strongly back, what he called, “the legitimate government of President Nicolas Maduro,” and denounced the OAS.
This was part of an overall foreign policy by the Obama Administration that Dr. José Azel in an important April 24, 2015 article published in El Nuevo Herald titled “The Resurrection of Neville Chamberlain” outlined and identified the policy’s architect. The Obama Doctrine was first addressed by Charles A. Kupchan in 2001, and fully fleshed out in his 2010 book, How Enemies Become Friends: The Sources of Stable Peace. Charles A. Kupchan, currently a professor at Georgetown University, served as special assistant to President Obama for national security affairs from 2014 to 2017. Dr.Azel summarized Dr. Kupchan’s approach into four phases:It must begin, according to Kupchan, by making concessions to our enemies in an act of “unilateral accommodation.” These concessions must be “unusual and costly” to signal benign intent. […] The second phase entails the practice of “reciprocal restraint” where the adversary nations walk away from rivalry, peace breaks out, and geopolitical competition gives way to cooperation.[…] “Social integration” and “the generation of new narratives and identities” are the third and fourth phases of Kupchan’s sequence towards stable peace.
This approach was a failure in Russia, Cuba and Iran. The abandonment of deterrence and sanctions for a policy of neo-appeasement led the world to greater instability, the humanitarian and political crisis in Venezuela and the deaths of Americans.
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