In late March Nicolas Maduro Moros (Maduro), the Marxist ruler of Venezuela, and a number of his key subordinates were indicted by the U.S. Department of Justice for running a drug cartel called the Cartel de Los Soles. Implicated also in this conspiracy were the leaders of the Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia (FARC) a terrorist group dedicated to the overthrow of the Colombian government.
The documents supporting the indictment read in part:
“From at least in or about 1999, up to and including in or about 2020, the Cartel de Los Soles, or “Cartel of the Suns,” was a Venezuelan drug-trafficking organization comprised of high ranking Venezuelan officials who abused the Venezuelan people and corrupted the legitimate institutions of Venezuela –including parts of the military, intelligence apparatus, legislature, and the judiciary —to facilitate the importation of tons of cocaine into the United States.”
“NICOLAS MADURO MOROS, the defendant, helped manage and, ultimately, lead the Cartel de Los Soles as he gained power in Venezuela. Under the leadership of MADURO MOROS and others, the Cartel de Los Soles sought not only to enrich its members and enhance their power, but also to “flood” the United States with cocaine and inflict the drug’s harmful and addictive effects on users in this country. Thus, whereas most drug-trafficking organizations in South and Central America have sought to recede from their roles in importing narcotics into the United States in an effort to avoid U.S. prosecution, the Cartel de Los Soles, under the leadership of MADURO MOROS and others, prioritized using cocaine as a weapon against America and importing as much cocaine as possible into the United States.”
“Between at least in or about 1999, up to and including in or about 2020, the FARC became one of the largest producers of cocaine in the world. The FARC has also directed violent acts against United States persons and property in foreign jurisdictions, including, but not limited to, Colombia. For example, the FARC leadership ordered FARC members to kidnap and murder United States citizens and to attack United States interests in order to dissuade the United States from continuing its efforts to fumigate FARC coca fields and disrupt the FARC’s manufacturing and distribution of cocaine and cocaine paste. Consistent with these activities, in or about 1997, the United States Department of State designated the FARC as a Foreign Terrorist Organization.”https://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/nicol-s-maduro-moros-and-14-current-and-former-venezuelan-officials-charged-narco-terrorism
In announcing the indictments U.S. Attorney Geoffrey S. Berman had this to say by way of emphasis. “Today we announce criminal charges against Nicolás Maduro Moros for running, together with his top lieutenants, a narco-terrorism partnership with the FARC for the past 20 years.” “The scope and magnitude of the drug trafficking alleged were made possible only because Maduro and others corrupted the institutions of Venezuela and provided political and military protection for the rampant narco-terrorism crimes described in our charges. As alleged, Maduro and the other defendants expressly intended to flood the United States with cocaine in order to undermine the health and wellbeing of our nation. Maduro very deliberately deployed cocaine as a weapon.”
The allegations made against Maduro and his henchmen are highly disturbing. What the indictments detail is a decades-long effort to wage war against the United States using narcotics and South American drug dealers as weapons. Perhaps, even more disturbing, however, are the numbers of prominent Americans within the Democratic Party and affiliated groups who have climbed in bed with Maduro and his predecessor Chavez over the years.
What Maduro and Chavez did to Venezuela…
Venezuela, with its vast oil reserves, was once the envy of South America. The misguided totalitarian rule of Chavez and Maduro has turned the nation into a basket case. Poverty stands at 80%. Meat and milk are now expensive luxury items out of the reach of the average family. In response, Maduro has proposed the absurd “Plan Rabbit” under which families will substitute rabbit meat for chicken, which is no longer available. Desperate for oil and for foreign assistance, this once prosperous nation has now turned to the pariah states of North Korea, Cuba, Syria, and Iran in its search for allies. Internal dissent is brutally repressed and political opponents of the regime simply disappear into the nation’s prisons never to be seen again.
Democrats applaud Chavez and Maduro
In 2011, in the midst of the Venezuelan war on America, Bernie Sanders had this to say. “These days, the American dream is more apt to be realized in South America, in places such as Ecuador, Venezuela, and Argentina, where incomes are actually more equal today than they are in the land of Horatio Alger. Who’s the banana republic now?”
In 2019 Congresswoman Ilhan Omar defended Venezuelan dictator Maduro from criticism saying that problems in Venezuela were the product of American “neocons and warmongers” and that our policies “kind of helped lead” to “the devastation in Venezuela.”
California’s Representative Ro Khanna has described American efforts to sanction the Maduro-controlled Venezuelan oil organization as “misguided.”
In 2015 Black Lives Matter sent a delegation, headed by the organization’s co-founder, Opal Tometi, to act as observers in the Venezuelan Parliamentary elections of that year. Maduro did not allow observers from the Organization of American States, the United Nations (U.N.), or the European Union (E.U.). The only observers admitted were from regimes and organizations friendly to the “revolutionary cause.” Following the trip, Tometi wrote an article supporting the “Bolivarian” revolution in Venezuela.
Earlier in 2015, Maduro was given an award at an “Afro-descendants Summit” held in Harlem. Maduro was invited to receive the award by the Black Lives Matter leadership.
In 2012 the Obama White House congratulated Maduro’s mentor and boss, Hugo Chavez, on his reelection to a third term as President in what it said was a peaceful, democratic election. “My sense is that what Mr. Chavez has done over the last several years has not had a serious national security impact on us,” President Obama told a Spanish-language reporter in Miami. As of this date, the Venezuelan operation to flood America with drugs was already in its 12th year.
Perhaps not surprisingly then, when Obama ran for reelection in 2012 Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez announced he preferred Obama to his opponent Mitt Romney. “If I were American, I’d vote for Obama,” Chavez said. The Venezuelan leader called Obama “a good guy” and said if the U.S. president were a Venezuelan, “I think … he’d vote for Chavez.”
When Chavez died in 2013 Representative Jose E. Serrano (D-NY) released a statement praising him. “Hugo Chavez was a leader that understood the needs of the poor. He was committed to empowering the powerless. R.I.P. Mr. President.” Serrano’s office later amplified on the statement saying in part, “He understood democracy and basic human desires for a dignified life. His legacy in his nation, and in the hemisphere, will be assured as the people he inspired continue to strive for a better life for the poor and downtrodden.”
Former President Carter added that Chavez, under whose rule the drug war against the United States began, had evidenced a “commitment to improving the lives of millions of his fellow countrymen.” Carter, offering “condolences” to Chavez’s family, said he and his wife met him in 1998. “We came to know a man who expressed a vision to bring profound changes to his country to benefit especially those people who had felt neglected and marginalized,” he said. “
These statements are not aberrations, neither do they represent past positions no longer characteristic of the mainstream of the Democratic Party. For decades, as the Venezuelan government and FARC have deliberately inundated our nation with drugs as a form of asymmetric warfare, Democratic lawmakers have sided with Chavez and Maduro over their own countrymen.
If anything, that support has now become even more extreme. Last year a dozen House Democrats including Representatives Ro Khanna (D, CA), Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D, NY), Rashida Tlaib (D, MI), and Ilhan Omar (D, MN.), signed on to a letter urging President Trump to formally disavow any use of military force against Venezuela. They also made clear their opposition to the sanctions already in place. “Rather than pursuing misguided policies which run counter to our own national interests, the U.S. should instead join other countries in promoting Venezuelan efforts to achieve constructive dialogue and democratic solutions to the current political crisis.”
There was a time when the Democratic Party represented the interests of the average working man and woman in America. There was a time when the Democratic Party stood in support of this great nation. It was after all a Democratic President, Franklin D. Roosevelt who led this nation through the Second World War, and the hero of Camelot, John F. Kennedy, skippered a PT boat in that same conflict.
Those days are long gone. JFK could never win the nomination of what is increasingly a socialist party more aligned with the Communist dictators of the world than with the American people. Maduro remains in power in Venezuela. Only recently he snuffed out of existence the opposition party challenging his rule and the legitimacy of his claim to be president. All indications are he will be with us for a very long time and that he will continue to be the Democrats’ favorite drug dealer.