NNTV: Al Gore's Mexican Adventure

By Al Giordano

The 2012 presidential campaign is already underway... in Mexico.

And, as in previous Mexican elections, US interests are all over it like a cheap suit.

Mexico will vote two Julys from now for a chief of state that will serve a six-year term. Two of the last four presidential elections south of the border were determined by blatant and well-documented acts of election fraud: both times to prevent center-left candidates from assuming power. US president George Bush Sr. endorsed the 1988 imposition of Carlos Salinas de Gortari and George W. Bush, Jr. supported the 2006 installation of Felipe Calderón. But lest anybody think that only Republicans in Washington meddle in Mexican politics, think again.

Last week’s Narco News story by Fernando León and Erin Rosa, Al Gore Stirs Controversy, this time in Mexico, and the follow up piece by Rosa, Al Gore’s 7 Simple Rules for Blocking Media Access offer eyewitness reporting of the former US vice president’s August 4 visit to Mexico. Now comes Sebastian Kolendo, of Narco News TV (you’ll be seeing and hearing more from the nascent NNTV project very soon) with a video report underscoring the key points of the story. In just two minutes, Kolendo – who reported the story with León and Rosa – offers viewers a crash course of the surrealistic relationship between US and Mexican politicians, and introduces the guy that key gringo economic and political powers have already designated as Mexico’s next president, the violent repressor Enrique Peña Nieto, governor of Mexico state, the most populous in the country.

For Gore, as reported, his appearance at Peña Nieto’s conference on “climate change” was lucrative, according to one source, to the tune of five million pesos ($380,000 US dollars), paid by an undisclosed donor or donors (it is not known whether these financial backers in the shadows were Mexican or North American).

What Peña Nieto gets for his (or someone else’s) money is the public perception in Mexico that he’s the chosen one to quarterback the country’s never-ending game with Washington. Gore was only the first player to be rolled out onto the field in this media strategy. On Wednesday, Peña Nieto was in DC, invited by the elite Woodrow Wilson International Center to give a speech on “Mexico in Globalization” and was also received by US Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, who posed for this photo op with the butcher of Atenco:

Notimex, the state-owned news agency in Mexico, quickly served up a fawning report of Peña Nieto as the gringos’ golden boy for 2012. As to why major Democratic party leaders like Gore and Napolitano have leant themselves as steps Peña Nieto’s ladder, they haven't said. But the game on the Mexican governor’s side is clear as day. It’s the resurrection of the time-dishonored Mexican practice known as “el dedazo.”

For six decades – from 1935 to 1994 – the winner was determined by a tradition called the finger-pointing (“el dedazo”), in which the incumbent Mexican president from the Institutional Revolutionary Party (the PRI, in its Spanish initials) would hand-pick his successor. That happened ten times in a row until in 2000, when Vicente Fox of the National Action Party (the PAN) won the Mexican presidency away from 69 years of single party rule with big promises of change that never came.

Since there is no incumbent president from the PRI party at present, Peña Nieto’s political gamble is simply to eliminate the middleman and create a series of media spectacles that give the impression that he has received the dedazo directly from Washington. His slogan could be “why go to la Malinche when I can go directly to Cortéz?” And as recent events demonstrate, key sectors of the Democratic party in the US are so far cooperating with the gambit.

The truth is that Washington has always meddled in Mexican presidential elections. Beyond the US-endorsed election frauds of 1988 and 2006, there are other recent examples. In 1994, when leading PRI candidate Luis Donaldo Colosio was assassinated in Tijuana, then-US ambassador James Jones was at a breakfast with leading Mexican intellectuals including the author Carlos Fuentes. The attendees all gathered around Jones to ask him for Washington’s reaction to the vacuum created by the death of the frontrunner. Jones – of the Clinton administration – said, according to published reports, “Salinas de Gortari now has three options for his successor: Zedillo, Zedillo or Zedillo.” Ernesto Zedillo, in turn, became the next head of state.

In 2000, when PRI warhorse Manuel Bartlett was gathering steam for his own presidential campaign, offering a return to the populist roots of the PRI, which in the 1920s and ‘30s began but quickly strayed from its roots as a project in socialism, then-US ambassador Jeffrey Davidow, also of the Clinton administration, without offering any evidence at all, simply said to a Mexican magazine that the US Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) had “files” on Bartlett, and with that one statement exercised the veto power that no one speaks of but everybody knows the US government has over who gets to be president in the neighboring country.

Foreign policy deciders in the Obama administration should think again whether Peña Nieto - the man who in 2006 in the town of Atenco brought back the violent tactics of the dirty wars of the sixties and seventies against Mexican social movements – is really what the twenty-first century needs in the nation next door. A new wave of government repression would only serve to motivate millions more to cross the border in order to escape the return of brutal authoritarianism in Mexico. The fact is that only an improvement in the Mexican economy and how its vast wealth is distributed for the tens of millions of the poor, the unemployed, and the marginally employed workers and farmers of the land can stem the northbound migration that has proved such a policy headache and political hot potato for US officials.

Peña Nieto – economically backed and allied with a particular gang of oligarchs, robber barons and reported narco-traffickers from Mexico state, some of whom deny being part of a secret society within the PRI called the Atlacomulco Group – would surely be just yet another Mexican president dedicated first and foremost to redistributing wealth from the many into the hands of his few cronies. For Mexico, that would be another chapter in the same long tragedy, and it would have severe consequences north of the border, as well; economically and, subsequently, politically.

It is not yet clear exactly who in the Democratic Party side of Washington and Wall Street is moving the strings for Peña Nieto (one naturally shoots a fleeting glance at the Clintons), but it is easy to see that somebody north of the border is busy in cahoots with the aspirations of this dictator-in-training. We're gearing up our investigative reporting on that and related stories, and welcome Narco News TV as the newest weapon in our arsenal of authentic journalism.

Comments

the clintons and their recent protégé uribe

a fleeting glance at the Clintons...

...and at their other notable recent protégé, colombia's narcoparamilitarist alvaro uribe. the resemblance to peña nieto is uncanny, no?

As usual a story which I can

As usual a story which I can not read elsewhere. Let's hope some policy decider (advisor)s read this blog.

I'm glad to have escaped the

I'm glad to have escaped the mosque. I'm sick of hearing about that particular issue that should be cut-and-dried.

Then again, so should this story. I guess the hypocrisy of my nation is no longer terribly surprising. I wish the best of luck to the Narco News team, because I'm keenly interested in knowing the identity of the puppet-master. I hope it's the Clintons.

Yesterday the World, tomorrow Mexico...

My trust extends no farther than the President.

Members of his cabinet, Congress, the fourth and fifth Estates, by and large believe in the inextricable laws and due processes of secular political gravity. Take Obama out of the equation, you end up with, at best, Clintonian's Welfare State 'Poll tested' approximation, at worst, Clintonian's 'wealthfair' Estate appropriation.

People, from America and from the World at large, do stand by a fully Hope embodied American Presidency; and for the People.... for me, at this juncture, no substitute of the conventional sort can be welcomed as a credible and promising thread of continuity.

I must dutifully admit then to Hope hanging by a thread, albeit a braided one of a kind; strong and resilient, nevertheless much too encompassing for henceforth confidence and peace of mind. A twilight zone of sort, radiating cold comfort for restless fate mongers.

Soon the sun will set on a high wire Presidency. The laws of physics reach all the way up to human dependency and blind faithful devolution. What goes up must come down. Beaten up Mexico, highjacked Islam, voiceless majorities of this noisy World of ours, what shall we make of our parting grief?

Dawn can be exhilarating if only one could pull oneself out of one's bed of misery and get the laws of physics working up cycle again. Never can a void feel empty, for it is already filled by We...

Journalists being targeted in Mexico, too, it seems?

http://ipsnews.net/news.asp?idnews=52551

I was just forwarded this by a friend... keep safe, Al and everyone at Narco News (safe but brave!)

U. S. Marines invade Costa Rica?

OT for this thread, but not for Narco News.  Last night I went to a 'town hall meeting' in Jamaica Plain (part of Boston) about legalizing medical marijuana.  One of the featured speakers, Jeffrey Harman, said that he had recently heard from friends in Costa Rica that 7000 U. S. Marines had arrived in the country to help local police or other uniformed entities to destroy cannabis crops in the highlands.  This sort of thing should be impossible because of the Costa Rican constitution.  Harman is running to replace one of our State Reps, who has a terrible rep in the State House for bottling up medical mj legislation, so that's part of the context of the comment.  I've done a little Google News searching and only came up with this so far:

 

http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5hlJy7VaCtxCJpRy1jcvqlU...

 

So how do we verify the information?

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