By Geraldina Colotti
August 16, 2018
A “mad dog” roams Latin America. A watchdog of the military industrial complex, named James Mattis, North American Secretary of Defense. “Mad Dog” is the nickname former General Mattis earned in Afghanistan and Iraq, where the United States exported its model of “democracy”. The US would like the same thing once again to be imposed on the Latin American continent, relying on the support of governments that are as subordinate as they are discredited, ready to conveniently modernize the “backyard”.
That’s why Mattis’ trip touched Brazil, Argentina, Chile and ended in Colombia. In the center, the military management of the so called “security” and “fight against drug trafficking” policies, according to a scheme that the south-south integration process, established by the progressive governments around the Cuba-Venezuela axis, had tried to undermine.
With the return to the right of Brazil and Argentina, the United States plans to re-edit its Monroe Doctrine, this time based on “humanitarian” intervention to prevent “catastrophes” and other traumatic events. Last year, with this excuse, the joint military exercises in the Brazilian Amazon jungle, called Amazonlog, began.
An area in which there is a triple border between Colombia, Peru and Brazil, 700 km from Venezuela. Maneuvers took place involving the armies of 16 countries, under the orders of U.S. strategists. In one year, several exercises were carried out, even faster due to the change of direction in Ecuador with the arrival of Lenin Moreno.
For Argentina, Mattis’ visit was the first by a U.S. Defense Minister since the one made by Donald Rumsfeld 13 years ago. In the agenda, the installation of new US military bases and the return to a limited sovereignty that removes the parenthesis of Kirchnerism and the danger of “vulture funds”, which have again indebted Argentines for generations.
For the Brazil with the coup plotter Michel Temer, who is trying at all costs to prevent Lula’s return to the presidency, the stakes are high. Along with Russia, India, China and South Africa, Brazil is a member of the BRICS. This was not lost on Mattis who warned the Brazilian government of the dangers of becoming involved in too close a relationship with China and in particular with the “technological and economic dependence of countries that do not have our own conception of democracy”. Mattis praised the attitude of the Temer government toward the “oppressive regime” of Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro.
For the “mad dog”, the economic and military siege against the Bolivarian government was one of the dominant themes of the trip. The objective is also to consolidate the Lima Group, which acts in concert with Luis Almagro’s OAS to promote subversion in Venezuela. Right-wing deputies who, like Julio Borges or Antonio Ledezma, have fled Venezuela to demand armed intervention against their own country, have received the support of Almagro.
Borges, leader of the Primero Justicia party, was implicated by another young member of his party, Juan Requesens, who is accused of having encouraged the entry of the assassins who were to kill Maduro and massacre Chavistas with explosive drones. An organized attack plan from Miami and Bogotá, came from a Colombia now ruled by Alvaro Uribe’s lap dog, Ivan Duque, ready to genuflect in front of the big dog.
It is well known that being paid by the United States means receiving a steady flow of money, laundered through foundations and non-governmental organizations linked to the National Endowment for Democracy (NED) and WSAID. Despite Trump’s barking about cutting foreign funds, including those for subversion, the Miami hawks got an increase in money for “democracy promotion”: in Cuba, Venezuela and Nicaragua.
The equally rabid senator Marco Rubio obtained the approval of the United States Congress for 20 million dollars to finance the subversion in Venezuela and 15 million dollars to renew the anti-Cuba campaign, although the State Department would prefer to pay only 9 and 10 million dollars respectively. Another $29 million has also been added to forage the media, such as the discredited Radio Martí, that broadcasts U.S. propaganda against Cuba.
To help “civil society” in Nicaragua, $5 million has been allocated, to be added to the budget of the CIA-led organizations, including $125,000 for Human Rights Watch and $119,000 to “promote citizen participation in local responsibilities”.
Money that, in Bogotá, also serves to finance the grotesque Supreme Court of Justice “in exile”, led by former Attorney General Luisa Ortega, a former Chavista wanted for corruption and now a friend of Uribe. A costly staging that has “sentenced” Nicolás Maduro to more than 18 years in prison and several million fines for alleged corruption with the Brazilian company Odebrecht. The aim of the judges wanted by Interpol is to refer Maduro to the International Criminal Court for “human rights violations”.
Source: Resumen Latinoamericano, translation by North America bureau