With the approach of the US presidential elections, the White House froze the file of Venezuela in its agenda and began to be excluded from it after it became clear that it was impossible to overthrow the leftist regime of Nicolas Maduro, and even did not raise his voice in opposition to the elections that this country will witness.
President Donald Trump had raised the pressure on the Nicolas Maduro regime, and the pressure doubled with the appointment of Chancellor John Bolton, who before his dismissal made Maduro’s ouster a focal point in his foreign policy.
Trump was comparing it with the Iranian regime and considered it the new shield instead of Iraq in the trilogy of rogue states, accompanied by Iran and North Korea.
The White House had appointed a special envoy in the Venezuela file, Eliot Abrams, one of the great hawks during the last thirty years in various US administrations, known as the “Minister of Dirty Wars” because of his involvement in supporting coups in Central and Latin America, but this time he failed in the Venezuelan file.
Indeed, he was transferred to oversee the Iranian issue.
Washington recognized Juan Guaidó, president of the National Assembly, as interim president of the country, and pushed the European Union to a similar position.
After a year of recognition, Washington’s dream of achieving a transition in Venezuela evaporated, and the army did not complete a revolution against President Maduro, and the Covid-19 epidemic strengthened the presence of the left regime after it turned into a social host and everyone forgot about the opposition.
Maduro announced the legislative elections on December 6, the moderate opposition accepted to participate, the army declared its support for the elections, and the radical opposition backed by Washington refused to participate.
The “Washington Post” newspaper had written about the opposition’s retreat due to its failure and because of news of great financial corruption in its midst.
Adding to the division of the opposition was the presidential pardon for 110 “rebel” deputies, some of whom sought refuge abroad and some to embassies in the capital, Caracas.
Opposition leader Enrique Cabriles, a veteran opposition, is studying participation in these legislative elections.
Washington is content with modest statements rejecting the legislative elections, and in return it does not make any promises and support for the far-right opposition represented in Juan Guaidó.
The White House began avoiding the Venezuela file because it is one of the broad headlines for its failure in foreign policy, especially after the policy of extremism made Venezuela permanently leaning towards Russia, China and Turkey, and with it evaporated hope that the opposition in support of Washington would achieve some change.