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Is the U.S. Continuing to Pay No Heed to Latin America

Is the U.S. Continuing to Pay No Heed to Latin America

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Does the U.S. Ignore Latin America?
Does the U.S. Ignore Latin America?

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Published by: Jerry E. Brewer, Sr. on Nov 30, 2010
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Is the U.S. Continuing to Pay No Heed to Latin America?
erry Brewer - mexidata.infogo to original  November 29, 2010
 Names and faces aside, it is not difficult to tell thesimilarities between one leftist Latin Americanleader from another these days. The reason issimply that the image of one appears to fit all.While international media and other officialschastise the U.S. for ignoring Latin America, aswell as for having little interest in Latin Americanaffairs, leftist leaders led by President HugoChavez of Venezuela do just the opposite.Chavez, taking lessons from the history of Fidel
Castro‟s anti
-U.S. rhetoric, has generously passed
onto his own protégés, Bolivia‟s President EvoMorales and Ecuador‟s Rafael Correa,
the goldenrule of subterfuge. Subterfuge has long been the
stage of drama during Fidel Castro‟s regime,
perpetuated for decades.Contrary to popular opinion and many in the U.S.ignoring Latin America, Chavez, Morales, and
Ecuador‟s Rafael Correa constantly cry and warn the CIA did it; they are trying to
assassinate me; the U.S. is planning to invade; they are plotting a coup against me; all
the U.S. lies; among other threats and condemnations
all of this as their deception byartifice. This, it would seem, to justify mass weapons purchases while their poor continueto live in misery, and their government's coffers are significantly depleted.However this stratagem is much more. It borders on complete disrespect of their own
nation‟s intellect and credibility by supposing fear for their o
wn personal gain, anddeflecting criticisms of their own governing acts.This modus operandi is not new to psychologists and students of argumentation anddebate techniques. Interjecting a threatening component can motivate many to acquireresistance to a particular premise and bolster persuasion. Too, it may become inoculating
enough to dismiss or deflect the accusations or weaknesses of the orator‟s critics or
actions.Although Cuba's Fidel Castro did, on occasion, have potential assassination plans directedagainst him over the decades by his opposition, he would far more frequently announcethreats of death or invasion to keep light and attention on such acts in the world media.And his students have learned well.Morales, with his Movement for Socialism (MAS) party, has become a very outspokencritic of the U.S. He was elected President of Bolivia in 2005 as a democratic socialist. The
political enemies of Morales “vehemently oppose his putting the country on the path to
cialism.” In fact, tensions between Morales' supporters and opponents have risen
dramatically over the past two years, with several eastern provinces claiming to beautonomous or quasi-independent of the control and authority of the central government.Morales has accused the U.S. of coups against him, Hugo Chavez, Rafael Correa, and
Manuel Zelaya in Honduras. He has stated that “U.S. policies to combat drugs andterrorism were pretexts for „intervention‟ in the region.” This may be his justification (as
with Chavez and Correa) for ceasing cooperation with U.S. DEA and similar officials indrug interdiction, and vehemently opposing U.S. military bases in the region used fordrug interdiction.However, Colombia can boast with much pride as to the value and victories they haveachieved with U.S. support.Recently Morales confronted the U.S., namely Defense Secretary (and former CIADirector) Robert Gates, at a regional defense ministers meeting in Santa Cruz, Bolivia."Latin American compatriots, we must recognize that the US beat us in Honduras, theNorth American empire beat us. But the people of Latin America also won in Venezuela,
Bolivia and Ecuador,” he said, adding: "The score is 3
 Bolivia is the world's third-largest cultivator of coca (after Colombia and Peru) with anestimated 29,500 hectares under cultivation in 2007, and the third largest producer of cocaine. Bolivia is a transit country for Peruvian and Colombian cocaine destined forBrazil, Argentina, Chile, Paraguay, and Europe. One must wonder why he would rejecthelp in drug interdiction.Last year at a meeting of the Union of South American nations, Chavez, rushing over toPresident Barack Obama and in front of photographers, gave Obama a copy of the book,"The Open Veins of Latin America: Five Centuries of the Pillage of a Continent," whichchronicles U.S. and European economic and political interference in the region.

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