Obama has issued sanctions against Venezuela in attempt to punish the government’s oppression of political opponents. These sanctions include cutting trade and reducing embassy staff. In addition, they have called for a release of all political prisoners being held by the Maduro regime. By calling Venezuela a security threat, the Obama administration is putting the country on a list to watch closely. This has put Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro on edge about possible U.S. intervention. He has even gone as far as to suggest that an armed U.S. invasion force is imminent. Many analysts fear this was a poor strategic move on the part of the U.S. because it could lead to an increase in anti-U.S. sentiment among the people of Venezuela, thus strengthening the oppressive Maduro regime.