So far no food and medical aid has made it across the Venezuelan border. Aid trucks have been burned. A Puerto Rico ship carrying 250 tons of aid was forced to turn back. Brazil and Columbia shipments were blocked and people fired upon. Defections in the Venezuelan army grow daily. https://www.cnbc.com/2019/02/23/reu...ers-defect-ahead-of-border-aid-operation.html https://www.theguardian.com/world/v...rs-clash-as-border-tensions-rise-video-report The heart of this tragedy was the nationalization of the Venezuelan oil industry in 1976 by Perez. When the oil slumped in 1998 to $10 a barrel the country was in dire straits. The Socialist Chavez came to power, a man described as having "encyclopedic ignorance" of anything other than Socialism. Chavez replaced key figures in the oil industry with political lackeys. He used oil profits for social welfare programs. This prevented the industry from investing and opening new wells. America held minority stakes in oil production and managed to keep oil flowing when massive riots broke out. America help save Chavez. Chavez sacked 18,000 oil personnel in a Stalinist style purge. So bad was the situation that he asked the USA to help train new people. Then Chavez began squeezing foreign Capitalist corporations, raiding more money from the industry for school lunches, housing, clinics etc.. By 2007 Chavez was forcing oil executives to produce and distribute milk, strip- mining the oil industry of its talent as that was all the talent left in the country. Much of this oil now goes to its Socialist brothers - China, Russia and Cuba, not for cash but for debt, further starving the people. Until now America kept the remaining oil industry afloat by refusing to sanction the entire industry. It's strange how the real story of this sad nation has been so neatly inverted by those who are Socialist bed fellows of Comrade Maduro.