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.