In his State of the Union address to Congress, President Trump laid it all out. He is denuking North Korea, halting the flow of goods from Red China, and taking on communism in our hemisphere.
President Trump said, "We stand with the Venezuelan people in their noble quest for freedom -- and we condemn the brutality of the Maduro regime, whose socialist policies have turned that nation from being the wealthiest in South America into a state of abject poverty and despair.
"Here, in the United States, we are alarmed by new calls to adopt socialism in our country. America was founded on liberty and independence --- not government coercion, domination, and control. We are born free, and we will stay free. Tonight, we renew our resolve that America will never be a socialist country."
That second paragraph was a repudiation of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who was most correct the other day when she said, "I’m the boss! How about that?"
She is. She is the soul of the Democrat Party. She has the nancies in the party shaking in their boots because she represents a generation they indoctrinated that now demands reparations, the end of fossil fuels, open borders, and all the other junk the party elders promised. Democrats created AOCenstein.
President Trump, too, forced his party to stop being Democrat lite. He has restored the protective tariffs that every Republican president not named Bush supported. In President Reagan's case, his actions belied his words.
Now President Trump openly takes on communism to the surprise of a dullard press. David C. Adams and John Feeley wrote for Univision, "What triggered the escalation of US-Venezuela policy?"
Then in their subheadline, they answered that question: "For two decades the US was powerless to alter the course of Venezuela’s socialist rule. But, in recent weeks Trump has turned the screws on the Maduro regime. So, what changed? How a casual meeting at Trump Tower and a photo op at the White House, dovetailed with the evolving crisis inside Venezuela."
There is some nonsense in that. The USA was not powerless. Clinton, Bush 43, and Obama didn't care. It was just Venezuela to them.
The globalists are always more worried about what is far away than what is happening next door. It's always Vietnam, Iran, Kuwait, Bosnia, Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya and the like. It's never Venezuela.
American foreign policy in the 20th century (and now this one) is the inverse of the Monroe Doctrine, which said we would worry about the New World, let Europe handle the rest.
Over there, over thereOf course, it is never really over "Over There." The Army sent me to Germany on D-Day plus 31 years. That was in 1975.
Send the word, send the word over there
That the Yanks are coming
The Yanks are coming
The drums rum-tumming
So prepare, say a prayer
Send the word, send the word to beware
We'll be over, we're coming over
And we won't come back till it's over
President Trump is dumping that. He is withdrawing not just from Syria but the whole Middle East. The Gulf States and Israel can handle all that.
The Koreas will take care of their peninsula.
Univision's simplistic explanation of the interest in Venezuela is that President Trump just learned where the country is.
When he ran the Miss Universe pageant which all those Miss Venezuelas won, he didn't know where they came from?
The Univision piece said, "In August 2017, Trump went as far as announcing that the military option was on the table. The Trump administration also began to raise the rhetoric, calling Maduro a dictator, and a madman.
"But it wasn’t until 2018 that Trump assembled a new more hawkish foreign policy team. Out went Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and National Security Council Advisor General HR McMaster. In came conservatives Mike Pompeo and John Bolton."
Timing is everything in comedy and politics. President Trump needed to wait and see what happened in the election. Communists never accept election results when they lose. Witness the 2016 election.
President Trump also needed to muster within his own party. Had he said "America will never be a socialist country," Mitt Romney would have blasted his rhetoric.
The press always gets this wrong: Donald Trump is a patient man. He waited 30 years to run for president.
Now the time is right to liberate Venezuela by backing its duly elected government. This can be done without military force.
While Univision said the president's son-in-law and Marco Rubio influenced him, Donald Trump at 72 long ago knew the evils of communism, which did not end with the collapse of the Soviet Union.
His real influence was his first lawyer, the brilliant and powerful Roy Cohn, who died from AIDS in 1986 at age 59.
Cohn at age 24 prosecuted Julius and Ethel Rosenberg for espionage, which led to their executions in 1953. That marked him as a target by the Left for the rest of his life. He showed Donald Trump how to handle that by fighting the bastards every step of the way.
Now as his client and protege takes on Red China, North Korea, and Venezuela, Roy Cohn smiles from that special place in heaven where martyrs go.