President Obama is withdrawing American troops from Iraq after one of the longest wars in U.S. history. Senior Fellow Michael O’Hanlon says Iraq remains far from stable, and that a continued U.S. presence as advisors to Iraq on building a democracy would have been preferable. However, O’Hanlon says the Iraqis failed to deliver the assurances that could have kept American advisors on the ground, despite creditable efforts by the Obama administration.
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.