I was planning on translating the earlier post in Spanish over Obama's sanctions and the regime's reply. But the core of that entry was the message that the US sent to the rest of LatAm and Bloomberg makes a superb article on that. I certainly could not do better and it shows you that outside of the spineless opposition and brain dead but vicious chavismo there are people that clearly can see the bigger issues. Please read : Obama's wake up call to Venezuela's neighbors.ailities
There is only one thing I need to add, for the sake of avoiding extra posts.
Maduro last night announced yet another enabling law. I have written often on the different enabling laws that have happened since Chavez came to office. NONE OF THEM has brought any good to the country, ALL OF THEM have ended up concentrating more power, more abuse capacities in the hands of the regime leadership. This new one termed something like "enabling law against imperialism" was under work for a long time and Obama's sanctions have ONLY affected the calendar for its publications. Maduro announced last night that he would request that new enabling law, a law that will be presented TODAY. That is, it was written and minor editing as to title, date and excuses were required for publication.
The regime feels that losing the control of the National Assembly in the next election is an almost certainty. To prepare for this eventuality they already packed last year all public powers with enablers of the regime, they started jailing and now they are starting to execute students that protest a tad too loud for the regime's delicate ears. And other measures are in preparation such as enabling laws that will probably include penal sanctions that will ease up the destitution of Assembly representatives as needed.
Some people should stop moaning that Obama is unnecessarily enervating the regime. I say grow up! This is a dictatorship! Get a grip! It does not matter when or how, a dictatorship by definition never takes on criticism. And the Venezuela which also double as a narco state is even less able to understand reason and logic.