Friday, September 12, 2008

Put up or shut up

According to the US State Department:

"The charges leveled against our fine ambassadors by the leaders of Bolivia and Venezuela are false, and the leaders of those countries know it," spokesman Sean McCormack said September 12 at a news briefing.

"This reflects the weakness and desperation of these leaders as they face serious internal challenges and an inability to communicate effectively internationally in order to build international support."

So then CEPR comes up with a bright idea:
WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Center for Economic and Policy Research (CEPR) called on the U.S. State Department, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), and other agencies to release information detailing whom they are funding in Bolivia -- where violent right-wing opposition groups have wreaked havoc this week in a series of shootings, beatings, ransacking of offices, and sabotage of a natural gas pipeline -- as well as in other Latin American countries including Venezuela. Recent events suggest there may be evidence for Bolivian president Evo Morales’ assertions that the U.S. Embassy is supporting groups promoting violence and seeking “autonomy” from Bolivia, and the Center called on USAID and other U.S. agencies to “come clean” in order to demonstrate the U.S. government’s good faith.
Right. If you've got nothing to hide, show us! Because seriously, it's you in the State Department that look desperate and the last time I checked the alignment of regional support, you guys in Washington are ones being isolated.

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

I'm cursing myself for not learning to read speak think in Spanish. This is really hard to follow English only.

But, said.

I just read Naomi Klein ("Shock Doctrine")and that also is like acquiring a new lens. I'm 36 and just catching up on my neighborhood history. That most of my fellow citizens never bother to do so does not mean this reflects well on me.

But I am writing because I have a question about language. I don't know if that guy in Iran ever threatened (in Arabic) to wipe Israel off the map and I don't know if that guy in Venezuela conjugated a sentence which legitimately translates as "Go ahead and squeal, Yankee."

So, simple question. Did he? (Chavez)(the latter).

If so, it makes it really hard for those in the US opposing hating him. If not, well it's the same point.

El Duderino said...

I haven't read such a line from Chavez. But seriously, what does it matter how many or less expletives Chavez used or didn't? It seems the US press is more concerned with rhetoric than actual facts and events.

Anonymous said...

So why did I spend a fucking hour to find this website. Dialogue. Right.

Bina said...

Anon, here are some links for you. Hope they help:

http://www.juancole.com/2006/05/hitchens-hacker-and-hitchens.html

This is about what Mahmoud Ahmadinejad actually said and did not say. The blogger is a Middle East expert and familiar with the languages of the region, including Farsi. And no, Ahmadinejad said nothing about wiping anyone off a map; he merely noted that Israel's current regime would one day be "off the page", historically speaking. It was metaphor, but the media whores jumped all over it and interpreted it literally. Guess why.

Bina said...

Here's some more, about what Chavez actually said:

Link 1: "Enough crap from you Yankees"

Why Chavez really expelled the US ambassador (Hint: Another coup attempt, this one involving the Venezuelan military.)

BTW, here's a clickable one on the Ahmadinejad story, since the one I posted before won't click:

Juan Cole blog link

Ahmadinejad spoke Farsi, not Arabic. Iran is Persian, not Arabian.

Anonymous said...

bina:

Thank you.

Our press in the U.S. is indeed pretty silly and if one is looking for any sort of truth....

I guess I make my own point forgetting that Iran was Persia and retains an indigenous language. I remember though, thinking when those press reports were issued, thinking that sounded like bullshit, and reading Juan Cole on it. So, here I am again, and even the BBC is attributing "Go ahead and squeal" to Chavez, words which will freak out anyone who has seen 'Deliverance' even if we don't know who to be freaked out by, Chavez, or the creep who put out the fake story.