Ilhan Omar says America partly to blame for ‘devastation’ in Venezuela, and Nikki Haley’s NOT having it

Rep. Ilhan Omar

Embattled Dem. Congresswoman Ilhan Omar found a sympathetic outlet yesterday when she was interviewed by far-left Democracy Now! about the situation in Venezuela. She took full advantage and astonishingly laid blame on the United States for the collapse of socialism there and the tragic repercussions being borne by Venezuela’s people.

Prior to Omar’s interview, the Democracy Now! program interviewed Prof. Jeffrey Sachs, a progressive globalist and economist who made similar claims.

“I concur with what Professor Sachs was saying,” Omar said.

“You know, I mean, a lot of the policies that we have put in place has kind of helped lead the devastations in Venezuela. And we’ve sort of set the stage for where we’re arriving today. This particular bullying and the use of sanctions to eventually intervene and make regime change really does not help the people of countries like Venezuela, and it certainly does not help and is not in the interest of the United States. And I think, finally, we have folks in Congress that see what Professor Sachs was referencing.

Interviewer Amy Goodman turned the Congresswoman’s attention to her February questioning of U.S. special envoy to Venezuela Elliott Abrams on Capitol Hill. Video of the controversy was played as she berated Abrams …

OMAR: In 1991, you pleaded guilty to two counts of withholding information from Congress regarding your involvement in the Iran-Contra affair, for which you were later pardoned by President George H.W. Bush. I fail to understand why members of this committee or the American people should find any testimony that you give today to be truthful.

ABRAMS: If I can respond to that—

OMAR: It wasn’t a question.

“People like Elliott Abrams, neocons and warmongers, you know, for so long have pushed for policies that are now—we can see, not only in Central America, but many parts of the world, the kind of devastation that they’ve had for decades,” said Omar.

“I could not pass up the opportunity to not only remind the American people that this was someone who was convicted of lying to Congress, but also someone who had a heavy hand in some of the most devastating policies that we imposed on Central America, and that there is a direct correlation between the kind of mass migration that we’re noticing right now from Central America and South America to this country.

“I think, for so long, we’ve used muscle memory to sort of generate our foreign policy,” continued Omar. “And it’s about time, like Professor Sachs said, that we pause and we look at the kind of implications that our policies have, what our ultimate goal is, what is being successful, and what are some policies that we should do away with. I remember talking to Madam Secretary Albright and talking to her about the success of sanctions we impose around the world and how some of them have devastating effects on the actual population and not on the governments that we see as our adversaries. And she concurred with me that many of the sanctions that we impose ultimately lead to devastations — and we are seeing it now in Venezuela — and ultimately lead to having severe problems in that country, which doesn’t stabilize life for the people, and certainly puts us here in the United States at risk.”

Video by Democracy Now!

Of course, there was no comment from her about the fact that there are approximately 50 nations who are calling for Maduro to step down, and that they are demanding Juan Guaido take office as the actual democratically elected president of Venezuela. Nor was there any mention of the stunning footage of the communist regime’s crushing of its citizens with tanks in the streets or the military’s gunfire at its own unarmed populace.

Omar received immense backlash on for her comments, including a scolding from Nikki Haley:


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