The reasons are obvious:
1. The regime is a narco-state. Ministers, Generals, relatives of the President, Governors and strongman Cabello are directly involved in drug trafficking, according to the international media. A narco-state is a threat for the whole region.
2. The regime is a rogue government. It has alliances with terrorist groups, drug traffickers and rogue governments all over the world: North Korea, Cuba, Syria, Hezbollah, FARC and others.
3. The new vice president, Tarek El Aissami, is accused of helping Arab terrorists to obtain false identity papers to allow them to infiltrate into the U.S. He is under investigation.
4. The horrendous humanitarian crisis generated by the regime is forcing thousands of Venezuelans to leave their country and to seek refuge in neighboring countries, Colombia, Brazil and the isles of Aruba, Curacao and Bonaire. This represents a major political and social disturbance for these countries.
5. The regime constantly violates the InterAmerican Democratic Chart, threatening the political stability of the region.
6. The regime continues to utilize petroleum as a political weapon, in an effort to exchange handouts for political loyalty in the region. It has become an agent of political prostitution.
7. The regime refuses to honor its financial commitments with companies of many countries in the region. Due to this it has received the largest number of international adverse legal actions of any country in the region.
8. For many years now the chavista regime has promoted a group of corrupt Latin American leaders who are very corrupt, made up of Lula da Silva, Dilma Rousseff, Nestor and Cristina Kirchner, Daniel Ortega, the Castro brothers, Jose Mujica, Jose M. Zelaya, Evo Morales and other minor members. This international mafia has been the Executive arm of the Sao Paulo Forum and has committed serious political and financial crimes in their attempt to consolidate their political power in the region.
It is not a matter of Venezuela being a military threat to the United States. Anyone who witnessed the comical military maneuvers the regime recently executed will realize that this armed outfit is very mediocre. The threat derives from the reasons given above. The Venezuelan regime is a purulent cyst in the body of the region, one that has to be extirpated to prevent its metastasis.
This is the real reason why the U.S defines Venezuela as a threat. This is the reason Maduro tries to galvanize opposition against it among the states of the region. The U.S. is thinking of the regime, not of the Venezuelan nation when it issues this declaration of the Venezuelan regime as a threat. The U.S. declaration actually supports the Venezuelan people against the purulent cyst the chavista regime has become.