With the spread of the Coronavirus having nearly thrown the global oil market into a tailspin as demand for crude has plummeted, the end of Nicolas Maduro’s criminal regime could be near.
Wishful thinking? Maybe, but with Venezuela’s oil all-but having been decimated due to the lack of demand (exports fell 26% in March), and with the crippling sanctions levied on his government by the Trump administration, the presumed cash-strapped Maduro could be forced out of office.
The U.S. economic sanctions against Maduro, his henchmen, his family, and that little bird that once spoke to him in a dream, are part of the Trump administration’s effort of “maximum pressure” on his different revenue streams, which is now focusing on his lucrative drug-trafficking endeavor.
Drug kingpin Maduro’s involvement with regional drug overlords and Marxist guerrillas all-but writes the next Netflix season of the popular series “Narcos.”
Since oil revenues have been decimated by plummeting oil prices and COVID-19, Venezuela’s Dictator Nicolas Maduro has to rely even more on illegal activities including gold and gasoline contraband and drug trafficking.
Yes, Nicolas “ El Chapuline” Maduro is the new Pablo Escobar of the Western Hemisphere, and President Trump knows it, that is why the U.S. is now focusing on curtailing monies from his drug trafficking business and has officially indicted him on narco-terrorism charges.
There is now a $15 million bounty on Maduro.
According to the special advisor to President Trump on Latin American issues, Mauricio Claver Carone, “A state (Venezuela) like this has never been seen before, which has been usurped by a drug trafficking cartel, the Cartel of the Suns.”
Claver Carone sharply expressed that the narco-trafficking Maduro “jeopardizes the security of the United States,” or in other more dramatic words, presents a “Clear and Present Danger” to “the security of the neighbors in the region and of the Americans.”
Claver Carone adds, ¨ the same way that gold and oil revenue have been cut for Maduro, we seek to cut drug trafficking revenues. It’s closing another lucrative door for them.”
Claver Carone’s words and sentiment are shared by most U.S. lawmakers in Washington, in particularly Florida Senators Rick Scott (R) and Marco Rubio (R).
“The United States has put forth significant measures to ensure that the despotic Maduro regime and its enablers can’t access the U.S. financial system,” said Sen. Rubio in a statement to The Floridian “The sanctions put forth have helped to hold accountable those who undermine Venezuela’s democratic order and rule of law, including the Venezuelan dictator and his closest thugs.”
The rise of the Chavistas hits home for Senator Rubio, who has in the past called for the Trump administration to designate Maduro’s regime as a terrorist organization.
Former Dictator Hugo Chavez and his then-Lieutenant, Nicolas Maduro, have been propped up by the Communist Cuban government of Fidel and Raul Castro, which upon their rise to power decades ago, forced the Rubio family to flee that country and come to the U.S.
Since first arriving in Washington, Rubio has been arguably the most formidable and loudest voice of opposition, or a thorn in the side to Chavez and now Maduro. Rubio’s epic Twitter exchanges in both Spanish and English against both dictators, have not only been extremely funny and entertaining but have so fueled the opposition movement in Venezuela, that U.S. intelligence agencies discovered a plot to assassinate Rubio by one of the very men recently indicted on drug charges.
These are the kind of thugs the U.S., Venezuela, the Western Hemisphere are up against.