Venezuela

Are All the World's Problems Ours?

Patrick J. Buchanan, The American Conservative

After an exhausting two weeks, one is tempted to ask: How many quarrels, clashes and conflicts can even a superpower manage at one time? And is it not time for the United States, preoccupied with so many crises, to begin asking, "Why is this our problem?" During the uprising in Caracas, Bolton cited the Monroe Doctrine of 1823. But according to President James Monroe, and Mike Pompeo's predecessor John Quincy Adams, who wrote the message to Congress, under the Doctrine, while European powers were to keep their hands off our hemisphere — we would reciprocate and stay out of Europe's quarrels and wars. Wise folks, those Founding Fathers.

Let Venezuela Decide Its Own Destiny

Patrick J. Buchanan, The American Conservative

Trump is reportedly reluctant to intervene. Let us hope that his anti-interventionist impulses guide his decisions. Venezuela’s future is not ours to decide. This civil conflict is not our war. We have not been attacked. Not only is there no justification for U.S. military intervention, but any arrival of American troops on Venezuelan soil could turn into yet another 21st-century strategic debacle. There could again be Americans killing and dying in a country where no vital interest was imperiled, no matter how obnoxious the regime. Let the fate of the Marxist socialist regime of Nicolás Maduro be decided by the people of Venezuela.

Venezuela: What Should America Do?

Should the United States stay out of Venezuela, or should we act to enforce the Monroe Doctrine and drive the Russians and Iranians out of the Western Hemisphere? We want to know what ConservativeHQ.com readers and friends think about this important topic. Please leave your most thoughtful and succinct comments below.

California Has Become America’s Cannibal State

Victor Davis Hanson, National Review

What is the ideology behind such destructive state policies? Venezuela, which is driving out its middle class, is apparently California’s model. California is waging an outright war on the upper middle class, which lacks the numbers of the poor and the clout of the rich. Those who administer California’s plagued department of motor vehicles and high-speed-rail authority may often be inept and dysfunctional, but the state’s tax collectors are the most obsessive bureaucrats in the nation. What is Sacramento’s message to those who combine to pay half the state’s income taxes and have not yet left California? “Be gone or we will eat you!”

If the Army Stands With Maduro, What Is Plan B?

Patrick J. Buchanan, The American Conservative

Are we inviting a civil war in Venezuela? Should the shooting start in Caracas, what do we do then? Did anyone think this through? Guiado's constitutional claim to the presidency of Venezuela was a scheme cooked up in collusion with Washington, made in the USA, with Secretary of State Pompeo, John Bolton and Sen. Marco Rubio signing on, and President Trump signing off. This was Plan A. But if Plan A does not succeed, and Maduro, with America's prestige on the line, defies our demand that he yield, what do we do then? What is Plan B?

The Trump Doctrine

President Trump’s remarks at the UN were noteworthy, not so much for their radical departure from the interventionist policies of the two Bush presidents, and their rejection of the weakness and globalism of Obama, but for their return to the principles of George Washington.

Immigrant From Former Trump Travel Ban Country Shoots Up Tennessee Church

Vast numbers of Sudanese immigrants are on welfare and Sudan is so violent that the U.S. Embassy requires U.S. government personnel in Sudan to use armored vehicles for all travel, yet the country was inexplicably taken off the travel ban list.

As Nicolas Maduro and Socialism Destroy Venezuela, Its People Must Restore Democracy

Venezuelans have been seeking to rid themselves of Maduro's criminal elite. However, President Trump's comment that, “We have many options for Venezuela, including a possible military option if necessary,” did not help their cause.

Ukraine Will Be More Democratic Without McCain And Obama Meddling

As Senator Rand Paul said during last year’s demonstrations that overthrew the Islamist government in Egypt, America has a terrible record of picking winners and losers in the domestic upheavals of foreign countries. Now Senator McCain wants to put the Obama administration in charge of the rebuilding of Ukraine on the American taxpayers’ dime?