Guest blogger James Bosworth says that while Venezuela is arguably promoting drug trafficking, Bolivia's anti-drug efforts seem on a par with US allies – making US criticism seem sour grapes.
To the point such designations are worthwhile, the case for Venezuela is fairly clear. There are several senior government and military officials currently under sanction for their role in drugs or arms trafficking. President Hugo Chavez, unfortunately, doesn't take the issue seriously enough to do anything about it. In fact, he tends to promote the people who the US designates as drug traffickers, just to annoy us. Having a known drug trafficker as the top military official in the country is reason enough to say Venezuela is failing in their obligations.