The United States’ quick declaration of support for Guaidó, sanctions of the Maduro regime, and threats of military intervention against Maduro will do nothing to help the thousands of Venezuelans who are suffering from hunger and economic instability. Indeed, some analysts fear sanctions against Maduro will only worsen the nation’s hyperinflation and fuel and food shortages. Despite Trump’s rhetoric about defending democracy in Venezuela, Bolton himself has framed intervening in the oil-rich nation’s affairs as a business opportunity. Rather than escalating tensions with military action and harsh sanctions, the US should employ diplomatic channels to convince Maduro to allow a new election while increasing humanitarian aid to suffering Venezuelans.
House Representative David Cicilline (D-RI) has introduced legislation to prevent military intervention in Venezuela (H.R. 1004). Urge your representative to oppose military intervention in Venezuela and demand the US focuses its efforts on calling for new elections and increasing humanitarian aid to Venezuelan civilians.
Is your Representative a cosponsor of this legislation?