President Trump threatened Venezuela with military force near the end of his press conference on North Korea.  Venezuela recently consolidated power under it’s leader Maduro, and Trump did not take the use of military force off the table to restore democracy and rescue its destitute people.

The threat was so effective, Maduro contacted the White House to talk to Trump.  The President refused, insisting the country embark on a path to democracy first.

So while the threat got the attention of Maduro, who would evidently rather deal with Trump rather than be attacked, the nuance was completely lost on Ben Sasse.  The virtue signaling Nebraska Senator had to thump his chest and score some points against Trump.  Whether on the Maher show or on social media, that’s how Sasse rolls.

“No. Congress obviously isn’t authorizing war in Venezuela,” Sasse, R-Neb., said in a statement. “Nicolas Maduro is a horrible human being, but Congress doesn’t vote to spill Nebraskans’ blood based on who the executive lashes out at today.”

Hey Ben, chill out.  What Trump is doing is very Reaganesque.  The 40th President people like Sasse insist would be disgraced by Trump did much the same thing.  Reagan understood the world is governed by the aggressive use of force.  He leveraged a military build-up and limited but ferocious demonstrations of US might to make a lot of the despotic governments of his time fall in line, including the Soviet Union.

Ben Sasse sounds more like Ted Kennedy, who threw in with the Soviets in an effort to thwart Trump, who still benefits from the MOAB drop on Afghanistan. Trump threatens a fierce response to North Korea, and the lesser despots, like Nicolas Maduro, have taken notice and want to cut a deal to survive. Take the use of force off the table, and there’s no panicked Maduro phone call to Trump begging for deal.

Go with the flow, Ben.  This is what unraveling decades of appeasement looks like.