Matt Gaetz takes a non-interventionist stance on Venezuela.
In a tweet Gaetz stated, “We must appreciate that the only sustainable freedom is freedom won by those who yearn to live it. Direct US military involvement risks allowing Maduro to externalize conflict, scapegoat his failures, and delegitimize the organic desire of Venezuelans to choose their own future.”
We must appreciate that the only sustainable freedom is freedom won by those who yearn to live it. Direct US military involvement risks allowing Maduro to externalize conflict, scapegoat his failures, and delegitimize the organic desire of Venezuelans to choose their own future.
— Rep. Matt Gaetz (@RepMattGaetz) April 30, 2019
Interim President Juan Guaidó recently called on the Venezuelan military to stand up against Nicolás Maduro’s government, which has led to mayhem on the streets as the government cracked down on protestors.
Los 24 estados del país han asumido el camino: calle sin retorno. El futuro es de nosotros: pueblo y Fuerza Armada unidos por el cese de la usurpación.
¡Juntos somos invencibles! #TodaVenezuelaALaCalle
— Juan Guaidó (@jguaido) April 30, 2019
In a previous post, BLP covered the Maduro government’s crackdown against civilian protestors.
Gaetz reaffirmed his support for the Venezuelan people, but ruled out military involvement in the country.
Venezuela, a country long hamstrung by socialist policies, has become a geopolitical battle zone for countries such as Russia, China, and the United States.
Although Venezuela has seen better days, the U.S. is tied up in numerous conflicts in the Middle East and is witnessing surging numbers of migrants crossing the border.
Fiscal realities and government priorities make it difficult for the U.S. to take decisive action.
America First advocates like Gaetz understand the importance of freedom, but believe that it should be fought for by the people of countries who are currently living under the shackles of authoritarian governments.
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