Fearing socialism at home, Trump takes a Cold War stance abroad | CNN

by Faiz Ahmed last modified 2019-02-10T11:37:33-04:00
"Obama promised that the future would be different, no matter what political differences remained between the US and Latin America. "I have come here to bury the last remnant of the Cold War in the Americas," he said in a speech in Havana. But it seems there was too much history to fit into just one grave. Once again, the US is squaring off against Cold War-era adversaries in Latin America, this time over Venezuela and its embattled socialist President, Nicolas Maduro. ... Although the administration has yet to show how Venezuela's collapse poses a direct threat to the US, the White House has enlisted veteran Cold Warriors to show Maduro the door. The administration named Elliott Abrams to be the special envoy for Venezuela. That's despite the fact that In the 1980s, Abrams incorrectly claimed that the US-backed government in El Salvador had not carried massacres; in 1991, he pleaded guilty to two counts of withholding information from Congress during the Iran-Contra affair"
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