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"No No You Guys, THIS US-Backed Coup Is Perfectly Legitimate!"

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I just keep tripping on how dumb this latest US-backed military coup is. It's in Bolivia in case you've lost track, which would be perfectly understandable since US-backed coups have become kind of like US mass shootings -- there's so many of them they're starting to blend into each other.

I mean, for starters the justifications for this one are so cartoonishly reachy and desperate it boggles the mind a bit. The main argument you'll see in favor of the coup is that Evo Morales was elected after Bolivia's high court ruled that he could run for a fourth term, but the (democratically elected) court ruled against a 2016 referendum on presidential term limits.

That's it. That weird, pedantic appeal to a particular interpretation of bureaucratic technicalities is the whole entire argument in support of a literal military coup backed by the United States.

And make no mistake, that's exactly what this was: the military ousting a government is precisely the thing that a coup is. The coup's Christian fascist leader Luis Fernando Camacho openly tweeted that the military was actively pursuing Morales' arrest prior to the ousted leader's escape to Mexico, a tweet he later deleted presumably because the admission makes it much harder to call this military coup anything other than the thing that it is. The Grayzone has published an article documenting this coup's many ties to Washington. Put it all together, and you've got a US-backed military coup.

So the only actual argument really boils down to "Well he ran for another term, and yeah he won, and yeah the democratically elected high court ruled he could run again, but a loud and violent minority of Bolivians don't want him to be president. What choice do you have in such circumstances other than to support a literal military coup?"

Which is just so crazy. That's how low the bar has sunk for supporting the toppling of a government today. They don't have to claim he's starving his own people. They don't have to claim that he's using chemical weapons. They don't have to claim that he's governing without the consent of the voting populace. Just "Yeah well some of us don't like him and there's some paperwork we disagree on."

I mean really, how much lower can the bar get for when a US-backed military coup is justified? "Oh, that government needed to be toppled because the leader got a parking ticket once"? "Well the president wore white after Labor Day, and that's a fashion atrocity"?

So the Morales-supporting line of succession has been ousted and many of his supporters in the government arrested by masked men, and now the US-approved interim president is an appalling racist and absolute dimwit who calls to mind a very low-budget Bolivian version of Sarah Palin.

That b*tch is never gonna let you kick that goddamn football, Charlie Brown. And this US-backed military coup isn't going to be any more moral, legal or beneficial than all the others.

 

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Thank you for tracking this down for us, Caitlin. The Japanese TV has one news segment each morning from Russia, so we do get to hear that much of a dissenting view here, and this morning they showed the indigenous people rioting in favor of Morales in La Paz, which looked like a war zone, and Morales speaking from Mexico. I wonder how long before an increasingly desperate CIA forces Japan to shut down the little bit of free press it still has. I think they will try to control all information they can before this is over.

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Connect the dots and see the western world's oligarchs working together on enforcing austerity with fascism. The CIA is their networking and operations system. Forget the nationalities, just count the money.

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Not long after this Ukrainian thing broke, it occurred to me that Trump was trading South American for both Hong Kong and Ukraine, i.e. a "deal". When China and Russia showed up in Venezuela when we were prying their government apart, I noticed the whole issue fell flat in the press; never a good sign. This proves it, and makes the whole impeachment drama a great cover for our dirty doings south of the border.

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