Using Parliamentary Time to Humiliate the USA

By Stephen Kangal
February 11, 2019

Stephen KangalI am getting the impression that although we are mere seven miles from Venezuela, have potential energy interests there to safeguard and cultivate we also have even more compelling economic, technical co-operation and diasporic interests within the USA that is in fact our largest trading partner and source of actual and promising huge investment prospects.

Why is T&T giving undue precedence to propping up illegitimate and dictatorial Maduro and humiliating the USA in our current foreign policy posturing?

That outburst of undiplomatic, crass and downright arrogant behaviour of Prime Minister Rowley in Parliament on Friday towards the Ambassador of the USA, Mr Joseph Mondello has brought the proceedings of the House to an unnecessary all- time- low. The Ambassador was not there to defend himself against the anger of an allegedly raging bull to quote a deceased Prime Minister.

The Prime Minister having assumed the leadership mantle on foreign policy appears prepared to sacrifice our important national interest with the USA to prop up a well-known and discredited dictator who has impoverished Venezuela and brought it to a potential doomsday scenario.

Further to his denigration of HE Ambassador Mondello in the full glare of the public for all to see and hear he alleged without evidence that the said Ambassador is interfering in our internal and domestic political affairs by urging the UNC to adopt a position in favour of supporting Juan Guaido’s Interim Presidency. The UNC does not possess the right to recognize Heads of State- only Governments do.

All of this tirade and charade is patently unjustified since it was a US Embassy Statement. There are more established civilised and protocolary procedures such as summoning the Ambassador to Whitehall/Knowsley and giving him a dressing down on what basis I cannot fathom.

This public display of who’s in charge in T&T and public dressing down of Ambassador Mondell are not the stuff which underpinned the legacy of our past diplomacy. Our diplomacy is now in the hands of untutored novices with plenty Robber talk and King Sailor dance.

While there is a caveat on an accredited Ambassador interfering unduly in the internal affairs of T&T (telling the UNC who to support) there is no such prohibition on an Ambassador commenting on the foreign policy of T&T. He/she is free to do so and to disagree with our foreign policies.

That is the practice and policy that is well recognised internationally. There is no bar to a foreign diplomat holding up our foreign policy to scrutiny and that is what the Ambassador did.

We did that against Apartheid.

3 Responses to “Using Parliamentary Time to Humiliate the USA”


  • More than three million Venezuelans have left their homes in search of the basic necessities of life. Women have been forced into prostitution to fed their families.One million emigrated to neighboring Colombia and more are leaving every day. We have seen the trek to T&T in desperation.
    We cannot remain neutral in the face of this tragic humanitarian crisis and claim that we are standing on principle. If we had any moral and ethical principles we would not sacrifice human dignity and suffering on the altar of oil and gas.
    Our support does not have to include US demands but at the same time our government should be expressing outrage against the conditions created by the present regime in Venezuela.
    Instead of trying to exploit the Venezuelans arriving on our shores, we should be on whatever limited basis we can, trying to help.

  • T Man it is expected that by the end of 2019 more than 5 million would have left Venezuela. The reason for T&T’s indifference to the plight of the fleeing Venees would appear to be that they are not electorally significant as the Yardies and the Dominicans. That is as clear as daylight.Having already contracted to the UN Convention on the treatment of Refugees you cannot plead that you have no local laws to regulate heir stay here. You have to apply the rules of the Convention until it is incorporated into local laws. T&T is c;early insensitive to this humanitarian crisis where the lives of human beings are concerned since they will only be here until the domestic situation in their homeland returns to normalcy. The people of Venezuela will remember how the Government of T&T ignored their plight and imprisoned and treated them as animals. This is an uncaring government that treated the Venezuelans the way they did because they were white Spanish speaking. If they were black it would have been quite different.

  • Elisabet Thor-Larsen

    The sanctions, devastating sanctions imposed on Ven for the last two years by the US are the cause of the fleeing of many people, plus the lawlessness of the gang called “People’s Will” of which Guido is apparently part of…vicious, violent right wing gang. So, we are to blame Maduro for a mess created by Trump administration … and of course the past 10 years of trying unsuccessfully to destroy the government of ‘the people’ of Ven…not the landed gentry and all their friends – heaven forbid.

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