Los Angeles Times: the blind informing the blind. LA Times editors revealed a sad epitaph in their September 15 editorial targeting Venezuela’s President Hugo Chavez and Bolivia’s President Evo Morales. Indeed, the Times’ cynicism killed any serious analysis of what amounted to a charge of attempted murder levied against the government of the United States. At the end of its opinion, the only thing we know for sure is that any sense of objective understanding of the relations between the U.S. and its southern regional neighbors died upon arrival at the Times.
After expelling U.S. ambassadors from their countries last week, presidents Hugo Chavez of Venezuela and Evo Morales of Bolivia railed about ending American interference in their countries’ domestic politics. This came after Chavez invited four Russian naval vessels to participate in joint training exercises in the Caribbean and allowed Russian long-range bombers to visit, while ranting about warding off an invasion by the United States.
Did somebody announce we are at war with Latin America and forget to tell us? The expulsion of the ambassadors came seemingly without provocation, and the notion that President Bush is plotting an invasion is laughable.
The editors at the Times apparently forgot to open their history books — or better yet, open most any of the recent barrage of books exposing the culture of lies and deception that make up the core and character of the Bush administration.
Chavez has consistently accused the U.S. of supporting covert attempts to assassinate him. He has pointed out on numerous occasions that the Bush administration lies to and deceives the American people. Chavez even accused the U.S. of intervening in S. Ossetia, which was liberated from Georgian forces after Russia used heavy-handed tactics (although far less so than those used by Israel when it invaded Lebanon in 2006) to remove an aggressive Georgia. When the smoke cleared, we discovered Chavez was right. The U.S. played an integral part in initiating that conflict.
Perhaps the Times skipped The Washington Post’s Pulitzer prize-winning two-day series ("Angler: The Cheney Vice Presidency," Sept. 14-15, 2008) revealing how Vice President Dick Cheney sought to bully the Justice Department into supporting the executive branch in a flagrant flouting of the law in Cheney’s effort to push through a domestic spying program uninhibited by the Constitution.
If only the Los Angeles Times editors were as cynical toward the regimes they have graciously considered "governments" in Washington D.C., they may have had at least a small clue that the CIA has conducted one or two (actually dozens) of unprovoked clandestine operations in foreign countries with the express goal of regime change.
Such operations include violence, Mr. and Mrs. LA Times editors, in case you all were under the perception that we sneak up on foreign leaders under cover of darkness and whisper gently, “Please get out.” In terms of life and death, U.S. covert operations mean death. The only debate is over the justification for such decisions.
This recent accusation by Chavez isn’t the first time he has accused the U.S. of using clandestine measures to overthrow his leadership. During a meeting of 116 non-aligned nations in Cuba in September 2006 (a.k.a. America‘s enemies), Chavez harshly criticized the Bush administration for its aggression around the globe. On Sept. 20, 2006, Chavez took the podium at the United Nations and blasted President George Bush, flatly accusing the U.S. of sponsoring terrorism, kidnapping and attempted overthrow of his government. Chavez described Bush, who had spoken the day before, as Satan. And the world leaders in attendance at that U.N. meeting applauded. Is the whole world crazy? I don’t think so. Chavez, not Bush, is voicing world opinion.