- Bush trip to Latin America an unmitigated disaster. Although
the corpo-media is painting George W. Bush's trip to an Americas Summit
in Mar del Plata, Argentina and his visits to Brazil and Panama as a "nothing
lost, nothing gained" venture, in reality, it was a total disaster.
Bush was clearly afraid to personally confront Latin America's most popular
leader, Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez Frias. Instead, Bush waited until
he arrived in Brazil to accuse Chavez of not providing for his people.
Bush and his support team carefully choreographed Bush's movements at the
summit to prevent any encounter between him and Chavez. The Venezuelan
leader emerged from the summit as the clear victor, Bush as a dejected
- Ironically, while poverty, long-term unemployment, and
savings have plummeted for Americans during Bush's term, Chavez has shared
his nation's oil revenues with its poorest citizens. The only Venezuelans
who have had to make a sacrifice are Venezuela's wealthy elite, the natural
allies of Bush and the neo-cons who tried to overthrow Chavez in a coup
in April 2002. Chavez and a group of other populist leaders, including
the presidents of Argentina, Brazil, Uruguay, and Paraguay, managed to
scuttle Bush's Free Trade Area of the Americas. That plan is now as dead
as Bush's social security reform initiative and his plan for an outbreak
of democracies in the Middle East.
- Bush's visit generated massive street protests in Argentina,
Brazil, and Panama. Observers believe that Bush's visit to Panama was sending
a message to Latin American leaders who oppose Bush. It was in December
1989 that Bush's father invaded Panama and overthrew its leader, one-time
Bush family drug and arms smuggler Gen. Manuel Noriega.
- After his disastrous trip to Latin America, Bush arrives
back in Washington just in time to see his party take an anticipated drubbing
in off-year elections on Nov. 8 and the arrival in Washington of Iraqi
National Congress head and Iraqi Oil Minister Ahmad Chalabi, the source
of much of the bogus intelligence that was used to justify the U.S. invasion