Analysis: Why the Media Surprise Over Bolivian President’s Behavior?
By: Jim Kouri, CPP
When Bolivia’s President Evo Morales decided to commandeer the country’s huge natural gas industry, the major news organizations appeared genuinely surprised that a radical leftist voted into office would suddenly do what most Marxists wish they can do — have the state control production and the nation’s economy.
In fact, Bolivia’s leftist government already stated it would extend control over mining, forestry and other sectors of the economy. Morales said Monday that the gas decree “was just the beginning, because tomorrow it will be the mines, the forest resources and the land.”
Then on Tuesday, Vice President Alvaro Linera said mining companies could face higher taxes and royalty payments and that the government will intensify enforcement of existing laws to break up big underdeveloped land holdings, under the guise of turning them over to the poor. I can almost hear those America liberal hearts pounding faster as they witness this de facto government takeover of Bolivia’s private sector.
Talk about higher taxes and government intrusion into the private sector and our homegrown Marxists feel the same way teenage boys feel when they watch Shakira sing and seductively dance on MTV.
And President Morales didn’t pull a secret takeover the way American leftists usually operate. He used armed troops to make his actions clear for all the world to see. Soldiers were posted at over 50 gas installations around the country a day after Morales issued a decree that analysts told ABC News could drive petroleum companies from South America’s poorest nation and isolate Bolivia from important allies like Brazil and Spain.
“We’re not expelling any company, but they will not earn much like before,” Morales told Venezuela’s Telesur on Tuesday. “We hope they’ll remain partners and if they don’t respect these laws, we’ll make them respect them with political force.” Spoken like a true Stalinist.
The move solidifies Morales’ role alongside Venezuela’s Hugo Chavez and Cuba’s Fidel Castro in Latin America’s new axis of socialist-inclined leaders united against “capitalist, imperialist” US influence. However, that’s positive spin by the US media which is predominately populated by liberals, leftists, and assorted Neo-Marxists. What they should call it is “the new Axis of Evil” in the United States’ own backyard,
In Peru, Ollanta Humala, the national-socialist presidential hopeful heading into a runoff election, has said he too would force foreign mining and gas companies to renegotiate contracts, according to Associated Press. But his vice presidential running-mate, Gonzalo Garcia, said Tuesday that Humala would take a less confrontational stance than Morales. That could mean using fewer troops or it could just mean be a quieter, staggered takeover of Peru’s private sector.
While the gas nationalization decree was unexpected by the members of the media, conservative analysts said they were not surprised over the images of soldiers toting automatic weapons outside refineries and gas fields. One political analyst said the nationalization of private enterprise was reminiscent of military dictatorships of the past, including Germany’s National Socialist coup under Adolph Hitler in the 1930s.
The question that should be raised is: why is there such surprise — almost disbelief — over a communist behaving like a communist? Do not rattlesnakes behave like rattlesnakes? With South American countries steadily falling into the hands of extremists, the US government may have to adjust its geopolitical priorities. The governments of Cuba, Venezuela and Bolivia are only starting their new “revolucion,” although perhaps Fidel is getting a bit long-in-the-tooth for such a dramatic shift in Latin America.
While conservatives and some moderates may wish to take a hard-line against these emerging threats to the US economy and national security, look for the liberals to once again support these fledgling communist nations as they did in Nicaragua during the Reagan Administration. In fact, some of the same American players who fought President Reagan tooth-and-nail are still in the US Senate and House of Representative — especially Senators John Kerry and Ted Kennedy.
In addition, most Americans appear to be oblivious to the military buildup occurring in oil rich Venezuela, which — along with Iran — is one Russia’s best customers for warplanes, high-tech weapons systems and military equipment.
Declassified intelligence reports have shown that the Chinese government also has ambitions in South America and the Caribbean.
Bolivia’s actions should not surprise our intelligence community. And if it does surprise intelligence analysts at the CIA, NSA and other agencies, then perhaps they should concentrate more on doing their job of protecting Americans, America and its interests, and concentrating less on leaking information and playing partisan politics on our dime.
Jim Kouri, CPP is currently fifth vice-president of the National Association of Chiefs of Police and he’s a staff writer for the New Media Alliance (thenma.org). He’s former chief at a New York City housing project in Washington Heights nicknamed “Crack City” by reporters covering the drug war in the 1980s. In addition, he served as director of public safety at a New Jersey university and director of security for several major organizations. He’s also served on the National Drug Task Force and trained police and security officers throughout the country. Kouri writes for many police and security magazines including Chief of Police, Police Times, The Narc Officer and others. He’s a news writer for TheConservativeVoice.Com. He’s also a columnist for AmericanDaily.Com, MensNewsDaily.Com, MichNews.Com, and he’s syndicated by AXcessNews.Com. He’s appeared as on-air commentator for over 100 TV and radio news and talk shows including Oprah, McLaughlin Report, CNN Headline News, MTV, Fox News, etc. His book Assume The Position is available at Amazon.Com. Kouri’s own website is located at http://jimkouri.us
Jim Kouri, CPP is currently fifth vice-president of the National Association of Chiefs of Police and he's a columnist for The Examiner (examiner.com) and New Media Alliance (thenma.org). In addition, he's a blogger for the Cheyenne, Wyoming Fox News Radio affiliate KGAB (www.kgab.com). Kouri also serves as political advisor for Emmy and Golden Globe winning actor Michael Moriarty. He's former chief at a New York City housing project in Washington Heights nicknamed "Crack City" by reporters covering the drug war in the 1980s. In addition, he served as director of public safety at a New Jersey university and director of security for several major organizations. He's also served on the National Drug Task Force and trained police and security officers throughout the country. Kouri writes for many police and security magazines including Chief of Police, Police Times, The Narc Officer and others. He's a news writer and columnist for AmericanDaily.Com, MensNewsDaily.Com, MichNews.Com, and he's syndicated by AXcessNews.Com. Kouri appears regularly as on-air commentator for over 100 TV and radio news and talk shows including Fox News Channel, Oprah, McLaughlin Report, CNN Headline News, MTV, etc. To subscribe to Kouri's newsletter write to COPmagazine@aol.com and write "Subscription" on the subject line.