At some point, it becomes impossible to shield any part of society from implosion. Witness this enormously dismaying story. 

Over the weekend, six members of the Venezuelan military were detained by local authorities for stealing goats, the Venezuelan newspaper El Nacional reported Sunday. It said the soldiers confessed to stealing the goats and said they did it to feed themselves, since they had no food left in their barracks.

In the end, Maduro’s strategic dead end is entirely contained in that story. We’re now approaching a situation where disorder on the street is growing, and the people the government will need to call on to deal with it have been reduced to rustling livestock for food.

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