Senator Bob Menendez, D-NJ, chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, writes about The Venezuelan nightmare (emphasis added)
Venezuela’s alleged socialist paradise has morphed into a verifiable real-life nightmare.
At a time when many countries in the Americas are experiencing an economic ascent underpinned by growing middle classes, every indicator reveals that Venezuela is regressing at an alarming rate.
Bread shortage frustrates Venezuelans Venezuela’s ‘erosion of Democratic order’
Frightening levels of criminal violence are coupled with economic freefall, punctuated by sky-high inflation and a scarcity of basic food items.
In Venezuela today, the rule of law is abandoned, the judiciary is hollowed out, freedom of the press is nonexistent, and corruption runs rampant. Drug traffickers collude regularly with government officials and the free flow of narcotics out of the country poses a threat to hemispheric security, as well as to the United States.
Read the whole thing.
Silvio Canto and I touched on the subject in yesterday’s podcast.
As if things weren’t bad enough, there’s a potable water shortage.
CNN has more on Venezuela: