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Peace Patriot Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-05-11 11:18 AM
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95. There is evidence that the CIA was active against leftist governments in LatAm.
For instance, there was the CIA caper out of Miami. Miamian named "Guido" cons his way onto a Venezuelan state oil company plane with a suitcase containing $800,000 in U.S. cash and tries to walk it through customs in Buenos Aires, gets caught, flees back to Miami and becomes a state witness for a Bushbot U.S. attorney, claiming that the money was intended for leftist Cristina Fernandez, who was running for president of Argentina, from Hugo Chavez. The purpose, of course, was to smear both Chavez and Fernandez. She won the election easily, without the cash from "Hugo." And, as Venezuela's VP pointed out, if they'd wanted to give money to Fernandez, they would have taken it on Chavez's official jet, with diplomatic immunity, a day or so later, when Chavez visited Argentina.

It is, of course, nearly impossible to nail the CIA for ops like that. But they do have a certain smell.

Another CIA-like operation was the "miracle laptop" aimed at Chavez and Rafael Correa, leftist president of Ecuador, although that one had a Rumsfeldian ("Office of Special Plans") smell and there is good evidence of Rumsfeld's interest in the op. (Rumsfeld's OSP was his own private CIA for ops that he couldn't get the CIA to do.) (A laptop seized from a FARC guerilla camp just inside Ecuador's border with Colombia--which had been obliterated with 500 lb. U.S. "smart bombs"--allegedly contained "evidence" that Chavez and Correa were helping the FARC guerillas to obtain a "dirty bomb," were accepting money from, or giving money to, the FARC and other wild charges--all since totally discredited. Seems to have been an op connected to a Rumsfeld war plan against Venezuela and Ecuador to destabilize those governments and get control of all of that oil.)

In any case, however busy the CIA was torturing prisoners around the world and covering up the Bush Cartel money trail to Al Qaeda, the Bushwhacks had many U.S. government agencies to utilize in their war on the Left in Latin America. They were even using the Peace Corps. One young Peace Corps volunteer in Bolivia whistleblew that the U.S. embassy asked him to spy on the leftists in Bolivia. They were using the CIA, the OSP, the USAID-NED, the DEA, the FBI, the U.S. 'Justice' Dept. and all U.S. "war on drugs" entities including the Pentagon and its private 'contractors'--all mooshed together--in various dirty ops and black ops against democratically elected Leftist governments.

One of the most interesting and important things that has occurred, with the new movement of cooperation among Latin American governments (led by the Leftists, of course) is great improvement in LatAm countries' intelligence services. Like CIA ops, this is hard to nail down precisely, but I think that the LatAm intelligence agencies are developing and sharing information in ways that they have never done before. Known ops that got busted are several assassination plots (against Leftist presidents), meetings of rightwing coup groups from several countries coordinated by the Bush Junta, the U.S. embassy/DEA collusion with the white separatists in Bolivia, Uribe (Colombia/Bushwhack) infiltration of "Black Eagle" death squads into Venezuela, the secret U.S. (Bushwhack)/Colombia military agreement (subsequently ruled illegal by the Colombian supreme court; among other things--a huge expansion of U.S. military bases in Colombia--the agreement gave "total diplomatic immunity" to all U.S. military personnel and all U.S. military 'contractors' in Colombia), and more. And there is the plain fact that all of these Leftist presidents have survived--are still alive, are still in power--and not just in power, but actively working for Latin American integration and independence from the U.S.

The Bush Junta heavy boots approach to the vast and amazing Leftist democracy movement in Latin America failed. Every time they tried to squish some leader, with various dirty ops, they were foiled and the movement got stronger (more Leftist presidents elected). All this effort--using multi-billions of U.S. tax dollars for the "war on drugs"--was for naught. There are even many centrist and rightwing LatAm leaders, now, who oppose the U.S. "war on drugs, including--quite incredibly--the new president of Colombia.

One of my worries about the U.S. and LatAm is that Leon Panetta, though he is clearly some kind of Bush Cartel operative (closely allied with Bush Sr; member of Bush Sr.'s "Iraq Study Group," which probably ousted Rumsfeld and stopped the nuking of Iran), is a much smoother operator than anyone in Bush Jr.'s Junta. There is evidence that Panetta was involved both in ousting Uribe in Colombia and covering up Bush Jr.'s criminal trail there (his first visible action as CIA Director was to go to Bogota), and in vetting and approving a different, and more subtle, use of the U.S. foothold in Colombia--with the new president Manuel Santos, whose first action as president, for instance, was to make peace with Venezuela. (He has also made other Leftist noises--for instance, promising universal health care in Colombia by next year, and the above, stating publicly that drugs should probably be decriminalized.)

I am, of course, not against peace--but what I suspect is that "war" just wasn't working in LatAm--it was backfiring. U.S. war profiteers were getting booted (from Ecuador, from Venezuela, from Bolivia) and U.S. transglobal corporations and banksters were getting booted or forced onto a "level playing field" (i.e., competition, no U.S.-arranged monopoly). The alliance between Chavez in Venezuela and the Leftist president of Brazil, Lula da Silva--a critically important alliance for LatAm solidarity--was holding. And his successor--the amazing Dilma Rousseff (who was tortured, in her youth, by the U.S.-backed fascist regime and is now president of Brazil) appears to be even tougher on LatAm solidarity than Lula (who did some amazing things on this issue). Ergo, a new approach is needed in order to serve U.S. Corporate Ruler interests--more skill at "dividing and conquering," better hidden ops, more emphasis on long term economic warfare, better thought out strategies, etc.

One of my biggest worries about this new Washington approach is that it is merely better war prep. For instance, Bill Clinton's ruinous sanctions against Iraq prepped Iraq for the Bush Junta war. The Obama administration placed some weird "sanctions" on Venezuela, recently. Very odd thing. Could have been merely to help Exxon Mobil, which has been trying for some time to seize Venezuelan assets abroad. But you gotta worry about "sanctions" on a completely innocent and democratic country.

Also, Obama can easily--EASILY!--be replaced. A far rightwing-connected e-voting corporation--ES&S, which bought out Diebold--now controls 80% of the voting systems in the U.S. They have undetectable power to (s)elect anyone they wish, for just about any office, including president. Obama hasn't done much to offend the far right but if they do replace him with Bush Junta II, an oil war in South America may be one result. This may also depend on whether Chavez regains his health. He has cancer and does not look well. If he does get better and wins the election next year, this may influence behind-the-scenes decisions here. Venezuela has the biggest oil reserves on earth--twice Saudi Arabia's, according to the USGS--sitting right along the southern rim of the Pentagon's "circle the wagons" area of Central America/the Caribbean. How to regain control of that oil and how to fracture and defeat the strong, widespread Leftist democracy movement that Chavez and the people of Venezuela pioneered has been Problemo No. One for U.S. policy in LatAm for over a decade. Are Obama and Panetta sincere in wanting peaceful trade on Latin American terms, or are they laying better groundwork for the Pentagon's 'Southern Command' war plan?

Some pundits have said that the Bush Junta "neglected" Latin America. Some have even blamed them for "losing" LatAm (our Corporate Rulers' "back yard")--although the blame is now being shifted to Obama (as with blame for everything else). But I don't believe that this is true. It's just that, in a democratic region such as Latin America--indeed, a region on fire with a passion for democracy--thuggism is much less effective. The Bush Junta did all sorts of anti-democracy operations in LatAm and spent billions on it. (One of their ops was helping to rig the last presidential election in Mexico--an op that was all about privatizing Mexico's oil, and, when the privatization scheme failed, they then inflicted Mexico with the vast murder and mayhem of the U.S. "war on drugs.") They were putting Pentagon assets in place for a war (including their reconstitution of the U.S. 4th Fleet--mothballed since WW II--in the Caribbean, their illegal military agreement to vastly expand the Pentagon's presence in Colombia and more.) They were not neglecting Latin America. Their methods simply failed in the face of an historic and real democracy movement. (Their horrible "war on drugs" in Mexico has prompted a commission of former presidents of Mexico to call for the legalization of marijuana and re-thinking the entire "war on drugs"--so, even where they have appeared to "succeed," they have failed). Also, I think they had a divided purpose involving Bush Cartel interests in the trillion+ dollar cocaine revenue stream.

Here is my sad and appalling conclusion: The more democratic that Latin America becomes, the more likely it is that U.S. transglobal corporations, banksters and war profiteers will become desperate to regain control of those resources and economies--desperate enough to inflict Latin America with an oil war. And with all these mooshed together U.S. fascist entities--the U.S. "security" state writ large and running rampant around the world, and with Panetta now at the Pentagon further healing the internal war (basically Rumsfeld's Pentagon vs the CIA), their efficiency at instigating war will likely improve. (Look what they did in Libya!)
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