John Bolton’s ‘troika of tyranny’ message has its risks

(CNN)Last week, US National Security Adviser John Bolton took direct aim at specific leaders in Latin America, declaring that the “troika of tyranny — Cuba, Venezuela and Nicaragua — is beginning to crumble.” These “three stooges of socialism,” as Bolton calls the leaders of the three countries, are are not the targets of his rhetoric alone. President Donald Trump is implementing direct measures against them, including restrictions on US dollar transactions by banks in Venezuela and Nicaragua, in an effort to cut off finances for the leaders of both countries. When it comes to Cuba, the administration is reversing Obama-era policies designed to support the Cuban people and reinstating a cap on the amount Americans can send to their relatives …