Today, at 11:30 a.m., I read in The Washington Post a statement by Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson, on Venezuela, see: https://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/right-turn/wp/2017/08/02/venezuela-shows-why-the-u-s-cannot-downgrade-democracy/?utm_term=.3901a8516b3a, that seems to be in clear contradiction to the statement made by Michael J. Fitzpatrick , which I had commented in my blog: http://lasarmasdecoronel.blogspot.com/2017/08/the-deplorable-statement-on-venezuela.html , prior to reading Mr. Tillerson’s statement. I felt relieved to see that the statement by Mr. Fitzpatrick does not reflect the current thinking at the Department of State.
Mr. Tillerson says: “We are very, very troubled by what we’re seeing unfold following the constituent assembly vote, which went about as we expected, but the re-arrest of opposition leaders last night is very alarming. This could lead to an outbreak of further violence in the country. The situation, from a humanitarian standpoint, is already becoming dire. We are evaluating all our policy options as to what can we do to create a change of conditions where either Maduro decides he doesn’t have a future and wants to leave of his own accord or we can return the government processes back to their constitution. But we are quite concerned about we’re seeing down there. It is a policy discussion that’s currently under development through the interagency process this week”.
This statement by Mr. Tillerson is quite stronger than Mr. Fitzpatrick’s statement and has to be assumed to be the one carrying more weight, as Mr. Tillerson is the boss. He says that either Maduro quits on his own or the U.S. will force him out. At least this is my understanding of his phrasing.
My conclusion is, therefore, that the statement of Mr. Fitzpatrick should be largely disregarded, at least in his attempts at setting U.S. policy regarding Venezuela.
So, we wait for the U.S. to act. We, Venezuelans, hope that the U.S. will lead the region in the efforts to oust the narco-regime that has destroyed the country. There is no doubt that the current regime is illegitimate and corrupt and has no place in a democratic, civilized region.