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Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Venezuela's Maduro Has a Choice: Leave on His Own -- or With a Military Escort

By Rick Pearcey • March 5, 2019, 06:38 PM

At Investor's Business Daily:

"Maduro must go," Vice President Mike Pence said, following talks with Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido about how to best get rid of that country's socialist dictator who has presided over the collapse of a once-wealthy country. Pence is right of course. But it may be easier said than done.

President Trump supports Guaido "100%," Pence said. And on this major diplomatic point, Trump's not alone. Some 50 countries support Guaido as the legitimate leader of troubled Venezuela, given that the previous election of President Nicolas Maduro was clearly fraudulent and rigged.

And, indeed, Guaido is legitimate. He's the leader of Venezuela's National Assembly. He became acting president . . . in January after the legislature declared Maduro's election fraudulent. Under Venezuelan law, the National Assembly can name a new president.

"But getting Maduro to go might be tough," IBD continues.

"The greatest concern is that, as with Italy during World War II, Maduro will be forced out and left to the tender mercies of an angry mob. Not the ideal way to start anew if you're a hopeful, forward-looking nation."

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