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KLAVAN: American Socialists Are Maduro's 'Useful Idiots'

As Latin American dictator Nicolas Maduro receives international condemnation for his refusal to step down as leader of Venezuela, Senator Bernie Sanders, Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, and the media seem to be saying “hands off Maduro.” Andrew Klavan explains in the video below how they have become the tyrant’s “useful idiots” on Tuesday’s episode of “The Andrew Klavan Show.”

All of the left, all these guys, these clowns who have been made stars by the American media — Bernie Sanders, AOC, all these people that the American media supports — they are basically saying “hands off Maduro.” That is what they're saying, there's no way around this. Walter Russell Mead, who I touted a couple times on this podcast, he is the new foreign affairs writer for "The Wall Street Journal" — I think he's like the new Charles Krauthammer, I think he's a brilliant, brilliant guy. He writes a column today that just opens with a great line, it's called “Maduro is Putin's man in Caracas,” and he starts out by saying:

Mead: “During the Cold War, Moscow supported the Latin American Left because it naively thought communism was the wave of the future. These days, a more cynical Kremlin supports the Latin Left because it knows it will fail.”

So this is really important. You know how Lenin called American supporters of the Soviet Union “useful idiots"? He was referring to Bernie Sanders! I mean that is basically who he meant. Bernie Sanders is a useful idiot because Bernie Sanders is still living in the world where the socialist revolution is gonna make everything great. What he doesn't understand is everywhere that socialism has even the pretense of working, it's because it is supported by the capitalism of the United States.

Everywhere that socialism seems to work, where there is socialized healthcare, where there's all kinds of socialized programs, is because we have the military that defends them and they don't have to pay for that military, and we pay those higher medical prices which make research and development possible, and they don't get the research and development benefits that we get. We get all those medicines because we pay so much for them because we have to make up for the fact that they're (Europe) not paying for them. So everywhere there’s socialized life in Europe and Scandinavia it is supported and subsidized by the United States of America, so it's all an illusion everywhere. Everywhere that socialism seems to work, it's all an illusion.

Video and full transcript below:

All of the left, all these guys, these clowns who have been made stars by the American media — Bernie Sanders, AOC, all these people that the American media supports — they are basically saying “hands off Maduro.” That is what they're saying, there's no way around this. Walter Russell Mead, who I touted a couple times on this podcast, he is the new foreign affairs writer for "The Wall Street Journal" — I think he's like the new Charles Krauthammer, I think he's a brilliant, brilliant guy. He writes a column today that just opens with a great line, it's called “Maduro is Putin's man in Caracas,” and he starts out by saying:

Mead: “During the Cold War, Moscow supported the Latin American Left because it naively thought communism was the wave of the future. These days, a more cynical Kremlin supports the Latin Left because it knows it will fail.”

So this is really important. You know how Lenin called American supporters of the Soviet Union “useful idiots”? He was referring to Bernie Sanders! I mean that is basically who he meant. Bernie Sanders is a useful idiot because Bernie Sanders is still living in the world where the socialist revolution is gonna make everything great. What he doesn't understand is everywhere that socialism has even the pretense of working, it's because it is supported by the capitalism of the United States. Everywhere that socialism seems to work, where there is socialized healthcare, where there's all kinds of socialized programs, is because we have the military that defends them and they don't have to pay for that military, and we pay those higher medical prices which make research and development possible, and they don't get the research and development benefits that we get. We get all those medicines because we pay so much for them because we have to make up with the fact that they're (Europe) not paying for them. So everywhere there’s socialized life in Europe and Scandinavia it is supported and subsidized by the United States of America, so it's all an illusion everywhere. Everywhere that socialism seems to work, it's all an illusion.

Putin knows this, he knows it's going to fail, he's seen socialism, he has seen communism, he's seen it fail - he's a very cynical guy. He's a gangster czar of Russia. I don't even know how to comment on that because maybe that's what Russia wants at this point, they're a very broken society destroyed by not just the Tsar, but destroyed by communism. So why is he propping up Maduro, why is Putin propping him up? Because he wants him to fail. Venezuela has the largest oil reserves, larger oil reserves than Saudi Arabia, but in December they produced only 1.15 million barrels a day, a third of what they were pumping at their peak, because production always breaks down under socialism for a million reasons I won't go into right now, but it always breaks down. That's great for Putin, why? Because he lives on oil prices, he is at the top of a petro tyranny, so he loves it that they're not producing oil, the same reason he hates it that we're producing so much energy now because that really threatens him. The fact that Trump has unleashed the energy from fracking, in all the ways we're producing energy, Putin hates that. So the important thing is that Trump is really undermining Putin, while Putin is happy for Venezuela to fail, also because he wants to take back land that has been lost by the Soviet Union. He wants us busy dealing with a crisis in our Hemisphere and he loves the fact that as socialism destroys Venezuela, refugees are gonna pour out of that country, and because we've got a left here that will not support border security, that's going to cause us so much problems that we won't be able to pay attention to what he's doing overseas. Meanwhile, what are we talking about? Oh my gosh, the Trump campaign contacted Roger Stone because Roger Stone bragged that he knew something about WikiLeaks, so obviously, Trump didn't know anything about WikiLeaks or why they are investigating him in the first place…that's what we're talking about. That is what we're talking about while Putin maneuvers with the expertise of an old chess player, he maneuvers our hemisphere into chaos through socialism which he knows will fail. Who doesn't know it will fail? Our left.

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