US ‘Disappointed’ by Support for Venezuela over Sanctions


The U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs Roberta Jacobson was not pleased by the reactions of Latin American countries to the U.S. stance on Venezuela, TeleSUR reports.

Ms. Jacobson was surprised not more countries defended the U.S. sanctions and decree declaring Venezuela a threat. The U.S. sub-secretary for Latin America admitted Friday that she was “disappointed” by the reactions of the Latin American countries to the sanctions and the “national security threat” decree recently adopted by Washington against Venezuela.

I am disappointed that there were not more countries to defend [the sanctions]. They were not made to harm Venezuelans or the Venezuelan government,” the diplomat explained.

Speaking at a conference, Roberta Jacobson also criticized the solidarity shown by Latin American countries for Venezuela. “The tone that Latin American leaders are using demonizes the United States as if it were the source of Venezuela’s problems, and this makes it hard for us to proceed pragmatically,” the politician said.

The mounting hostility from the U.S towards Venezuela is likely to be one of the most hotly debated themes at the Summit, due to take place in Panama later this month. U.S. President Barack Obama is expected to attend.

RELATED: US Threats on Venezuela Many high profile Latin Americans have come out in support of the democratically elected government of President Nicolas Maduro, including former Uruguayan president, Jose Mujica, and Nobel Peace Prize winner Rigoberta Menchu. In March all 33 members of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC) expressed their opposition to the U.S. government move, with other regional bodies including the United Nations of South America (UNASUR) doing likewise. In the latest sign of the hostility that the U.S. approach has provoked, it was revealed Friday that at least five million tweets across 105 countries have been counted on Twitter demanding the repealing of Obama’s meddling decree.


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Apr 8, 2015 6:56 AM

It’s not only Twitter – a petition to repeal the sanctions has already garnered eight million signatures. http://www.telesurtv.net/english/news/Petition-Against-Obama-Decree-on-Venezuela-Tops-8m-Signatures-20150405-0011.html
Maybe US global bullying is finally going out of fashion…

Apr 8, 2015 2:15 PM
Reply to  louise1854

So pleased that Latin America are supporting Venezuela, and that the US is not being given carte blanche to behave as they want the Europeans could learn from Latin America

Apr 8, 2015 5:47 AM

Not even Columbia is going along with this. Under the deranged Obama regime the US is more isolated than ever.

Apr 8, 2015 10:11 AM
Reply to  guycybershy

Guycybershy, I think it may be time to stop calling it “the Obama regime”.
Why not choose another appellation more befitting reality since the takeover by Jewish Neoconservative Israel loyalists?

Doug Salzmann
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Apr 8, 2015 11:22 PM
Reply to  DavidDaoud

Folks, the not-so-new boss is the same as the old boss. That’s been true of US foreign policy regardless of the occupants of the White House and Capitol Hill for decades. That’s because those ostensible “bosses” have bigger and much more permanent Bosses to whom they must answer. And the Israel lobby has certainly not increased its influence during the Obama years, as a review of recent news should make clear.