Tuesday, April 18, 2006

US Interferes in Nicaraguan Election

Look at the happy masters and servants

In an act of blatant State Dept. Hypocrisy, the US diplomatic corps on Tuesday unabashedly inserted itself into the November election for the Nicaraguan Presidency. Former Reagan "enemy #1" Daniel Ortega holds a growing lead in a race the Bush Admin. has seen as strategically critical for its ambitions in Central America - and represents an affront to much of State's Latin team who broke laws to fight the Reds there 20 years ago.

Despite all the US BS about a "creeping (FSLN) coup" and telling voters to "continue to reject discredited... dictators like Daniel Ortega," (Ortega leads polls, was elected President in1984, and gave up power peacefully in 1990) the real story is in the meeting.

As Reuters reported, the US envoy met Tuesday with the real discredited (right-wing) leaders in Managua. The told them, just like in 1990 that they ought to unite behind one candidate.

I don't believe the US has the clout it used to, so the task of forcing candidates in other countries we barely pay attention to any other time of year to quit, is not easy. It is the hypocrisy that gets me. You can read 33,000 media articles about the US claiming "meddling" when Pres. Chavez in Venezuela dare to voice have a meeting with a candidate that he be borders (Humala in Peru), but there is just 1 (wire) report about this blatant interference that would not be tolerated in Iraq. What is truly head-spinning is that they interfere in coutries elections in the name of (what else) "promoting democracy."

Could it be more clear that the establishment's foreign policy is based completely on happy lies; That the failure of the Washington consensus is becoming too hard to hide? Are the two questions related? What does the US have to fear to justify this interference? Hate Ortega all you want but what makes the US think it is above its own "democratic" criteria and can get away with such blatent hypocrisy?


Blogger jsb said...

And Venezuela spends money on leftist candidates in several countries...yawn. This is a hypocritical post if ever.

And, by the way, wouldn't be nice if Cuba had an election similar to the one that Nicaragua is having?

1:04 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Cuba does hold elections. do your homework ;)

4:59 PM  
Blogger jsb said...

Right, Anon. But one must be a member of the communist party. It's not multi-party. It's not Democracy. And Castro has never allowed a direct vote on his leadership. I'm suggesting a Nicaraguan or Venezuelan style election. You against that?

4:36 AM  
Blogger jsb said...

Chavez trying to influence electiosn:

"Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez said he would provide cheap oil to cities governed by Ortega's party"

"In response, Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, accompanied by Ortega, said April 23 that he would provide cheap oil to Nicaraguan cities governed by Ortega's Sandinista National Liberation Front (FSLN). Under this deal, cities governed by the FSLN would be able to buy oil and fuel from Venezuela with 60 percent payment due within 90 days and the balance due in installments over 25 years. Chavez signed a similar deal some months ago with cities in El Salvador governed by the left-wing Farabundo Marti National Liberation Front (FMLN)."

This blog's bias is laughable.

8:12 AM  
Blogger leftside said...

JS - fist off there is no party requirement for Cuban elections. There are plenty of non-party members represented. Fidel would win an election with 90% of the vote.

This news in Nicaragua, while interesting, does not compare to the region's benefactor issuing an very rare, very explicit warning against a particular candidate and actively working to unite anti-Ortega parties. Washington has already cut 96% of its military aid to Bolivia b/c of Morales. The Central American counties are even more dependent...

Also, it appears your infor about shipping only to Sandanista controlled cities is incorrect. It's going to a grouping of the largest towns, most of which happen to be run by the FSLN

9:55 AM  
Blogger jsb said...

"This week, Venezuela signed a deal to send oil to town mayors in
Nicaragua aligned with the leftwing Sandinista party."

Readers can decide to trust you or trust the Financial Times. I know which one I believe is telling the truth. The truth, that must be a new concept to revisionist historians like yourself.

11:15 AM  
Blogger leftside said...

The agreement is the the Mayors’ Association of Nicaragua (AMUNIC) - a grouping of 153 of the largest towns. The fact that most are governed by left-wing parties is happenstance. If you don't trust my first link, maybe you'd trust the Voice of America report:

"Venezuela President Hugo Chavez signed a pact with a group of predominately leftist mayors in Nicaragua on Tuesday to provide their communities with cheap oil.

Get your own facts straight before you start throwing around allegations (not for the 1st time).

2:49 PM  
Blogger jsb said...

Please, you're so full of it. Here's another example of Chavez' meddling in elections.


"If Alan Garcia of Peru wins I will recall our ambasador"

Believe it or not, Matthew, Chavez is human, wants to and needs to interfere with regional elections and would be incompetent if he didn't. You have such faith in man, unbelievable. Politics is politics is politics, even for socialists. Wake up.

7:24 AM  
Blogger jsb said...

Readers should check out:


11:06 AM  
Blogger jsb said...

And Humala, here:


11:10 AM  
Blogger jsb said...

Here's a report from inside Peru on Venezuelan influence:


9:24 AM  

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