Latin America uniting against neocons of Washington
By Wayne Madsen
Online Journal Contributing Writer
Sep 15, 2008, 00:22
(WMR) -- Antipathy
and disgust for the Bush administration and its neocon ideological ilk,
including the key players and advisers in the John McCain
campaign, have long taken root in the Middle East and South Asia. Names
like Cheney, Wolfowitz, Perle, Feith, and Ledeen are held in utmost contempt
throughout the Middle East and Muslim worlds.
The same kind of hatred for the United States and its neocon
Latin American policy is now sweeping through South and Central America. In
Latin America, it is individuals with names like Goldberg, Levey, Shapiro,
Mukasey, Berman, Brownfield, and Shannon who have rankled Latin American nerves
by their meddlesome actions in not only grossly interfering in the domestic
affairs of Latin American nations, including fomenting insurrection and acts of
terrorism, but designating certain Latin American leaders and officials as
aiding in drug trafficking and terrorism.
The lack of non-Cuban exile Hispanic surnames involved in
crafting the U.S.�s Latin American policy is astounding considering the
percentage of Hispanics in the United States.
Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs
Thomas Shannon told Rep. Howard Berman�s (D-CA) House Foreign Affairs
Committee in July that �several� Venezuelans were providing support to Hezbollah,
a rather bizarre mixing of Middle East and Latin American neocon policies in an
obvious effort to please Berman, one of Israel�s most ardent supporters in
the U.S. Congress.
From Bolivia to Venezuela and Honduras to Argentina, Latin
American governments are standing firm against the interference by the American
administration, which has done everything possible to stoke the flames of
insurrection and secession in energy-rich areas of Bolivia, Venezuela, and
Bolivia�s President Evo Morales, who faces CIA and U.S.
Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA)-sponsored right-wing rebellions in the
energy-rich provinces of Santa Cruz, Pando, Tarija, and Beni, expelled U.S.
Ambassador Philip Goldberg for interfering in Bolivia�s domestic affairs and supporting
the right-wing rebels.
The State Department�s spokesman Sean McCormack, whose
snottiness is unprecedented for a spokesperson for America�s seat of foreign
diplomacy, responded by expelling Bolivia�s ambassador. McCormack had earlier
joked that Russia could send warships to Venezuela if it could find any that
could make it that far.
In a side quarrel, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei
Lavrov reportedly upbraided British neocon and pro-Israeli Foreign
Secretary David Miliband by stating �who are you to fucking lecture me?�
Venezuela�s President Hugo Chavez, in solidarity with
Morales and reacting to yet another CIA-planned coup against him, after an
April 2002 coup organized by then-U.S. Ambassador Charles Shapiro failed,
ordered U.S. Ambassador Patrick Duddy to leave Venezuela. The State Department
responded by expelling Venezuela�s ambassador in Washington.
In an act coordinated between Treasury Undersecretary for
Terrorism and Financial Intelligence Stuart Levey and the U.S. Treasury
Department�s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC), headed by Adam Szubin,
the assets of two current and one former Venezuelan officials were frozen after
accusations that they aided and abetted drug smuggling and the Revolutionary
Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), which is attempting to oust U.S. narco-fascist
from power in Colombia.
Levey and Szubin named Hugo Armando Carvajal Barrios, the
director of Venezuela�s Military Intelligence Directorate (DGIM); Henry de
Jesus Rangel Silva, director of Venezuela�s Directorate of Intelligence
and Prevention Services (DISIP); and Ramon Emilio Rodriguez Chacin, the
recently-departed minister of Interior and Justice, in the freeze order.
The three were named by the Bush regime after DGIM and DISIP uncovered a plot
by CIA-based retired Venezuelan military officers to seize the Miraflores
presidential palace in Caracas and blow up Chavez�s presidential aircraft,
killing Chavez and his aides. The coup organization was identified as the �2-D
Movement� or the �December 2 Movement.�
A spokesperson for the Venezuelan National Assembly
described the plotters as some of the same military officers who participated
in the CIA-backed 2002 coup against Chavez. The charges by Chavez came as
Morales said the United States was behind the explosion of a natural gas
pipeline from Bolivia to Brazil. The charges of American involvement in
terrorist plans and attacks in Latin America came while Americans were being
subjected to a gross use of another anniversary, the 9/11 terrorist attacks, to
whip up nationalistic fervor.
Chavez also agreed with Argentina�s President Cristina
Fernandez de Kirchner that the trial in Miami of Guido Antonini, who is accused
of attempting to deliver a suitcase of cash from Venezuela to help the
presidential campaign of Kirchner in Argentina, was an attempt to �trash� both
he and Kirchner. The Venezuelan and Argentine leaders are both ardent critics
of neocons, their international free trade and financial contrivances, and the
The Justice Department of Attorney General Michael Mukasey
is using the Miami cash-for-Argentina trial to damage Chavez and his Interior minister,
Tarek el-Aissami. El-Aissami�s only crime appears to be that his father was
born in Syria, which, of course, for neocons in their myopic and archaic of the
world, is tantamount to having a direct link to terrorism.
Argentina has shown solidarity with both Venezuela and
Bolivia in their showdowns with the United States. However, disgust with
neocon-occupied Washington does not end with Venezuela, Bolivia, and Argentina.
Paraguayan President Fernando Lugo extended his full support to Morales in his
confrontation with the right-wing provincial secessionists. Honduran President
Manuel Zelaya refused to accept the credentials of the new U.S. ambassador to
Tegucigalpa, in solidarity with Morales and Chavez. Zelaya announced solidarity
with Nicaragua, Cuba, Bolivia, and Venezuela in their showdowns with the United
Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega also supported Bolivia
and Venezuela in expelling the American ambassadors and announced that
Nicaragua, like Venezuela, was prepared to establish closer military links with
Russia. Ortega particularly supported Bolivia sending Goldberg packing, saying
the U.S. envoy had interfered in Bolivia�s internal affairs.
Nicaraguan Foreign Minister Samuel Santos also charged that
Washington was trying to undermine Nicaragua�s government by pressuring
international organizations to cancel aid packages to the country. Nicaragua
also recognized the independence of South Ossetia and Abkhazia from the U.S.-
and Israeli-backed Republic of Georgia.
After El Salvador presidential candidate for the progressive
Farabundo Marti National Liberation Front (FMLN), Mauricio Funes, visited
Argentina to meet with Kirchner, the neocon media began to claim that Funes was
being funded by Chavez of Venezuela. The neocons, bereft of any hard evidence
of �plots,� are always apt to concoct elaborate conspiracy theories that take
in everyone whom they have targeted in their political sights.
The signs that the Bush regime and the neocons are on a
major political offensive in Latin America are also demonstrated by the
discovery in Guatemalan Vice President Rafael Espada�s office in Guatemala City
of three hidden microphones -- one installed in a telephone, one in a
calculator, and the third in a reception room. Guatemala�s progressive president,
Alvaro Colom, has expressed solidarity with Bolivia and Venezuela. Ecuadoran President
Rafael Correa, who has faced CIA-backed secessionists in the Guayaquil area,
also stood in solidarity with Morales and Chavez. Correa has ordered the United
States Air Force to vacate a military air base at Manta next year and he
accused the United States military of assisting Colombia in cross-border raids
into Ecuador. Correa said if any evidence emerged of U.S. diplomats violating
Ecuador�s sovereignty, they would also be expelled.
Peruvian President Alan Garcia also backed Morales against
the secessionists as did Uruguayan President Tabare Vazquez.
Latin America�s political, military, and economic
powerhouse, Brazil, also warned against any attempt by secessionists in Bolivia
to overthrow Morales. Earlier, Brazil and Argentina announced they were
eliminating the U.S. dollar as an international monetary exchange medium.
Brazilian president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva�s foreign policy adviser, Marco
Aurelio Garcia, told UPI that Brazil would oppose any rival or
unconstitutional government in Bolivia. There are reports that U.S. �paramilitaries�
are active in fomenting unrest in both Bolivia and Venezuela.
Washington has also revived the U.S. Navy�s Fourth Fleet, to
be based in Jacksonville, Florida, a move that Cuba, Venezuela, and Bolivia
claim is a return to U.S. �gunboat diplomacy.�
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