“To Save Venezuela, Sanction Iran and Starve the Castros”

That is Ted Cruz’s formula, as delivered on the Senate floor today. Cruz is, obviously, a controversial figure. He is unquestionably one of the most brilliant men in Washington, but at times his judgment has been subject to legitimate criticism. Still–speaking for myself–I like brilliance, especially in the Senate.

In his speech today, Cruz pointed to the critical connections among Venezuela, Iran and Cuba. He acknowledged, and elaborated upon, Marco Rubio’s compelling speech on Cuba and Venezuela, which we posted here. An interesting question: is there, in every historical era, an axis of evil? Perhaps so: certainly, at the moment, Cuba, Iran and Venezuela–and North Korea, although Cruz didn’t talk about that–constitute such an axis. So, here is Ted Cruz, speaking on the Senate floor:

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