Jonathan Pollack talks to The Hill about President Barack Obama’s trip to Japan, South Korea, Malaysia and the Philippines. This trip offers an opportunity to demonstrate that the rebalancing to Asia is a determined long-term course, not to be impede by near-term impediments, he said, and the Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade agreement could pave the way for China to ultimately join the agreement.
On the one hand, it's a drop in the ocean, because it won't change what's happening on the ground. On the other hand, it would represent a shift to a more realistic approach toward what's happening in Venezuela. By sanctioning the vice president, the U.S. government is acknowledging that the Venezuelan government has drug dealers at the highest ranks of government.