Obama Negotiates U.S.-Venezuela Relations With Drug Kingpin

Monday, June 15, 2015
There are clearly no limits to the Obama Administration's desire to "normalize" relations with the world's rogue regimes.

In the last seven months, we've seen the Obama Administration give concession-after-concession to Cuba's Castro regime -- including turning a blind-eye to illegal weapons shipments for terrorist groups -- in order to establish diplomatic relations with the region's only totalitarian dictatorship.

In the next few weeks, watch how it also accepts limitations on American diplomats and their activities in a future U.S. Embassy in Cuba -- unlike in any other nation in the Western Hemisphere.

Of course, at this rate, it won't be an anomaly for long -- as the region's other wanna-be authoritarians are taking note how the Obama Administration has re-opened the door (Pandora's Box) to dictatorships in the Americas.

As if such short-sighted irresponsibility wasn't enough, a senior State Department official went to Haiti this weekend to negotiate the "normalization" of U.S.-Venezuela relations with a drug kingpin under investigation by U.S. prosecutors and the DEA for running a major cocaine trafficking and money laundering empire.

According to news reports, State Department counselor, Amb. Tom Shannon, was dispatched to meet with Maduro's No. 2, National Assembly President Diosdado Cabello, in order to discuss a rapprochement between the U.S. and Venezuela.

Just a few weeks earlier, The Wall Street Journal reported how Cabello and other senior Venezuelan officials were at the center of a probe by U.S. prosecutors on suspicion they have turned the country into a global hub for cocaine trafficking and money laundering.

And that's who we're negotiating with? Seriously?

Has the Obama Administration lost all scruples?

Does it not realize the message of impunity it's sending across the region?

Or will the Obama Administration try to suppress an indictment of Cabello, in the same manner as the Clinton Administration squashed a cocaine trafficking indictment of General Raul Castro in 1993, in order not to "rock the boat"? 

Let's hope Congress sheds some light on these issues during the upcoming confirmation hearing for the current Assistant Secretary of State for the Western Hemisphere, Roberta Jacobson, who has now been nominated for U.S. Ambassador to Mexico.