What does this have to do with Iraq? Seriously? History is important but this is College Union dullard posting. Venezuala is a spectacular failure because of poor governance. It relied on high oil prices and did as all nationalized industries do, inevitably being run into the ground with a complete failure to build an economy elsewhere. The anti US shit is just that- US companies traded with Venezuala and were heavily relied on by them. The ironic thing about the left who argue for this regime is that it is yet another example of an industry which wrecks the environment- something that the Left will claim to go to bat for when it suits them. When it is the UK coal mines, Venezuala oil or Norwegian sovereign wealth fund build off greenhouse gases they don’t give a fuck. Another lovely irony is that almost all right thinking countries and organizations are squarely against this regime. The ones against? South power building China and Russia, the latter of which goes from being the the evil Trump shadow puppets to right thinking when opposing US foreign policy. The US are not angels in Venezuala or the region as a whole but this is stupid shit. Running the country into the dirt is because of this regime, that is the reality.