Thursday, April 14, 2016

Debunking Washington Post’s absurd call for (more) intervention in Venezuela’s democracy - Salon.com

Debunking Washington Post’s absurd call for (more) intervention in Venezuela’s democracy - Salon.com According to the logic of the Washington Post, the U.S. is in desperate, desperate need of external intervention.

The newspaper’s editorial board published an op-ed this week insisting that “Venezuela is in desperate need of a political intervention.”

Why? Democratically elected Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro is ostensibly “deeply unpopular,” the Washington Post insists, and the oil-rich South American nation is spiraling “toward an economic and political crash.”

How unpopular is Maduro exactly? There is no need to speculate; an August 2015 poll found that positive evaluations of the president had fallen to just over 24 percent.

Yet, when compared to governments around the world, a 24 percent approval rating is much better than it may seem.