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Venezuela crisis: How Donald Trump is making a bad situation worse

The following excerpt is from an article that originally appeared on Christian Today

US President Donald Trump’s talk of possible military action in Venezuela could be a political life-line for the country’s unpopular leader, who has long used the threat of American aggression to justify policies that have shredded the economy.

President Nicolas Maduro has continued the free-spending socialist ‘revolution’ started by his predecessor, the late Hugo Chavez, almost 20 years ago. Key to the populist rhetoric used by both is a constant drumbeat of warnings that the US ’empire’ is planning an invasion to steal Venezuela’s oil.

President Maduro’s free-spending socialist “revolution” has been bolstered by Trump’s threats, critics say.Reuters

That threat was laughed off by the opposition until Friday night, when Trump said a military option was not out of the question for dealing with the Venezuelan government’s crackdown on the opposition and deepening social crisis.

‘He’s doing Maduro a favour by reinforcing the nationalist position that the Gringos want to

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