, Washington , and Bogota agree that the cocaine that used to be exported from Caracas to the Colombia is now being exported from U.S. to the Venezuela A decade of U.S. arms and money has apparently just moved the drug gangs’ headquarters to a neighboring piece of jungle. MSM rhetoric has a profound anti-Venezuelan bias. As Washington appears to be shifting its focus from the Mideast to Latin America, will Venezuela be treated as victim or target? U.S.
From the Wall St. Journal, the classic mouthpiece of the
corporate elite, we are
informed that Hugo Chavez is funding social programs to provide free housing
and food to the poor. The Wall St.
Journal does not see fit to point out that things are much better in the
U.S., where some ten million of those citizens made newly poor by banker mortgage
fraud and Wall St. financial “irresponsibility” (the most delicate and polite
word I can think of) have effectively been defined as “superfluous” in a
country swept up in the passion of electoral rhetoric about maintaining the
position of the nation’s treasured super-rich capitalist class (considered to
be 0.1% of the population, perhaps similar in size to the real ruling class of
Venezuela in pre-Chavez days). Since the Wall
St. Journal of course cannot imagine a leader actually wanting to help the
poor escape from a life of poverty to which they have been condemned by virtue
of an economic system run by the rich and for the rich, it concludes that the
only reason Chavez is helping them is “to shore up support” for his own
upcoming election. U.S.
No criticism of the Wall St. Journal is intended here. After all, that newspaper is naturally accustomed to operating in the
, where politicians shore up
support for re-election not by handing out money to the poor but by declaring
For an example of being “pro-business,” one need only think of the new pro-Monsanto
president of Paraguay, just installed by a smooth little afternoon
The Wall St. Journal soundly rebukes the hapless populist president of
by quoting a Venezuelan
broker…kind of like asking Jamie Dimon for an assessment of the 2010 financial
reform legislation. I guess that settles that. Venezuela
The Wall St. Journal overlooked one point – the growing Latin trade bloc Mercosur just announced that
has been invited to join.
Perhaps there is hope for Venezuela ’s economy, burdened by the
legacy of impoverishment resulting from the long tradition of rule by the rich and, for whatever complex set of reasons, the failure of Chavez' economic policy completely to overcome that legacy despite the enormous progress he has made (according to the UN): Venezuela
from 2002 to 2010, poverty was reduced by 20.8 percent, descending from 48.6 percent to 27.8 percent, while extreme poverty went from 22.2 percent to 10.7 percent, which translates to a reduction of 11.5 percent.
The Wall St. Journal also failed to note the impact on
’s government budget of
defending itself against the Colombian cocaine gangs that have flourished
during the U.S.-supported civil war against the FARC. Venezuela just arrested a Colombian
drug dealer living in Venezuela in a joint
U.S.-Colombian-Venezuelan effort. Will Venezuela now provide Washington with economic aid in
gratitude? The arrested drug dealer had formerly been a member of the "paramilitaries," according to Fox News—that is, the AUC, the paramilitary organization supporting Venezuela in the civil war while Bogota was the recipient of massive
amounts of U.S. aid. He was, according to Fox News: Bogota
the leader of the "Rastrojos," or Leftovers, a violent offshoot of the Norte del Valle cartel that engages in drug trafficking, extortion and murder as it competes with other criminal bands that grew out of the far-right militias known as paramilitaries.
Fox News did not describe the past relationship between the paramilitaries and the government of Colombia (though it did briefly review that history in a previous article), nor did any of the articles referenced here dwell on the history of U.S. treatment of Chavez.
’s response, instead, may be
signaled by a scary piece in the New
York Times on July 27 that portrays Washington as the source of a (bright
red, in the enclosed graphic) flood of cocaine headed for the Venezuela So it may be; all sides
appear in complete agreement that Colombian drug gangs are solidly entrenched
in U.S. after a decade of Venezuela support for U.S. in its civil war against
the poor and a decade of Bogota hostility toward the
populist regime in U.S. . The question is: Venezuela
How is it that all the flood of
money and arms to U.S. in recent years served not to end the flow of cocaine north but simply to divert it from the Colombian jungle next door to the Venezuelan jungle? Bogota