. .. [T]here are serious difficulties for the revolutionary government in using its resources without going through the U.S. financial system, from which it is completely blocked.
[E]conomic sanctions imposed by the Trump administration ... have negatively affected the life of Venezuelans.
Nicaragua’s intense relationship with Russia ... is a source of great concern to the United States.
If this is not encirclement of the usurper on all four sides, then I do not know what to call it.
[The White House] faces today an unappealing choice: either intervene [in Venezuela] directly or wait for the situation to slowly rot.
The criminal element in Venezuela makes it more difficult to achieve a negotiated solution to the current crisis.
There should be no foreign military forces to end the usurpation; that responsibility belongs to us, the democratic Venezuelans
The gravity of what is happening in Venezuela, the almost nullified guarantee of respect for the most basic of rights of human beings as life itself, reminds me of the Civil Rights Movement in the U.S.