Bolivarian Gangster Chronicles (I)

Walid Makled Garcia, the Syrian- or Lebanese-born “empresario” described by the US Attorney in New York as “a king among drug kingpins,” is irrelevant.

The Makled case has received a great deal of news coverage so including gory details here is unnecessary.

If Makled is extradited by Colombia to the United States he will spend the rest of his life in a maximum security US federal prison, regardless of how much “documented evidence” he provides the US government about drug traffking in Venezuela.

If Makled is extradited to Venezuela instead, he will disappear because President Hugo Chavez wants him gone. Like Ricardo Fernandez Barrueco and other disgraced Bolibankers, Makled will be jailed indefinitely in Sebin’s “tombs” or perhaps even physically erased.

There won’t be the relative comfort – and freedom – of a federal witness protection program for Makled in the US or in Venezuela.

Regardless of how Colombia’s Supreme Court eventually rules, Walid is FUBAR.

But here’s the point: It matters not where Makled ultimately goes because in the end absolutely nothing will happen to any of the principals.

The US government might make a lot of noise about Makled, but it won’t take any other action against the Chavez government. Not with personalities like Dan Restrepo and Arturo Valenzuela calling the shots on Venezuela in the Obama administration. And forget about the new Republican committee chairs in the next House of Representatives; they’re all bark, no bite.

The Organization of American States won’t do anything either. “Das Panzer” Insulza shilled for Chavez in Honduras but in the end got dumped and dissed by Chavez anyway. The OAS Ambassadors mainly are collecting hefty pay checks in US dollars, attending official “receptions” where booze and high-price canapés flow liberally, and generally living the life of Riley in DC.

Unasur? LOOOOOOL. Unasur’s members fall under thee broad groups: those who pimp Chavez for all the goodies they can get (Kirchner), the lapdogs (Morales, Correa), and the see-hear-speak no evils (Lula).

Spain? More pimps (Zapatero and Moratinos, until he was sacked for a witless Trinity who claims there are no political prisoners in Venezuela; to paraphrase Cher, how can a woman be so dumb?).

Venezuela’s armed forces? Nope. The generals and admirals running the show are, without any exceptions that I can think of right now, corrupt. A few claim to be true Bolivarian revolutionaries, but they’re only in it for the money and they’d do whatever it takes to keep Chavez perpetually in power (because Hugo is the brand that keeps their thieving, drug trafficking, terrorist coddling asses out of prison).

The Venezuelan people? Venezuelans certainly are enraged after 12 years of Chavez’s ruinous regime, but the “bravo pueblo” is AWOL if not extinct. Vigilante justice is spreading in many barrios, but out in the streets people of both genders and all ages are routinely savaged on a daily basis and NO ONE intervenes to save them. Everyone goes about his or her own business and ignores the armed robbery or mugging or assault going down a few meters away from them.

The political opposition? LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOL. In case any readers didn’t notice, Elias Jaua today chaired the first meeting of the new Federal Council of government that Chavez created by law so that he can completely ignore the existing constitutional branches of government. The oppo thinks it’s going to have a real impact in the new National Assembly, applying the legislative brakes to the Chavez regime and the gangsters that keep “Mico Mandante” in Miraflores. Good luck with that notion, amigos.

So what changes with Makled’s awesome allegations, then?

Nothing, zilch, zero.

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8 Responses to Bolivarian Gangster Chronicles (I)

  1. Alan Furth says:

    CG, as much as I agree and empathize with the conclusion that Makled’s extradition does nothing whatsoever to put the big bosses of drug trafficking in Venezuela where they belong, and that anyone able to see that “dos mas dos son cuatro” would agree that many of those big bosses are at the highest echelons of the Robolution, I think you’re wrong on being so eager about the US “doing something about it”, regretting that “this is not Noriega and Panama in 1989”.

    I know that you are gringo and all, but in my view you should apply the same acid realism you use on Venezuela, to the US. There is absolutely zero, nada your country can do to solve our plight — and it better not. History has proven, time and again, and specially during the last couple of decades, that every single military adventure that the US has carried out in the name of “Freedom and Democracy” has been an utter disaster for the “liberated” country, and for the US as well.

    CG Reply: Read the post again. I explicitly said that the US WON’T do anything. So how you arrive at the unfounded notion that I think the US should pull a Noriega is beyond me.


    • Alan Furth says:

      In your reply to a previous comment, you said: “Before writing this post I spoke with my friends in the US government about what could possibly come out of this. Their answer was “zilch.” There’s nothing the US can do to bring any of these clowns to real justice, they said. “This isn’t Noriega and Panama in 1989,” a State Department source said.”

      In your opinion, it seems, Venezuela would be in a better situation if the US “could do something” to bring the Bolivarian clouns to “real justice”.

      If I misread you that’s fine, and I take back my criticism. But I’m a long time rader CG and I frankly cannot help at times to have very mixed feelings about your writings. I consider your views extremely lucid on most issues, particularly on the frankness with which you have repeatedly accused the dinosaurs from the Cuarta Republica of creating the conditions for Chavez to get to power, or being downright complicit with his regime for that matter.

      But when I hear you say niceties, for example, about uber-dinosaurs like Moises Naim, who implemented with CAP the IMF “free market” policies that sparked the Caracazo and in large part created the conditions for the “Bolivarian Savior” to raise, my this-guy-sees-the-US-as-the-beacon-of-light-in-a-world-of-darkness alarm goes off. Just as it did when I read this post.

      CG Reply: You write that “In (my) opinion…” and add that my criticisms of the ancien regime are OK with you but then go on to suggest that when I say anything that you interpret as “niceties” about the ancien regime that’s uncool…with you, anyway. It’s nice to know that you read my blog with some frequency. But you shouldn’t presume that because I have friends or contacts in the State Department or anywhere else in the US that it means I am expressing an opinion. It was a given that the US won’t intervene in Venezuela no matter what Chavez may say or do. But I made some calls to confirm what I already took for granted. I don’t know how you leaped from opinionating about my alleged opinion to dismissing Naim as an “uber-dinosaur” (catchy, that). But you give Naim too much credit. Naim did not by himself have any great influence over CAP. He was part of a larger team and by no means was he ever the most influential personality in that group, although he was certainly the first to see the ugly handwriting on the wall and quickly bailed out to a better live in Washington, DC. And good for him. I’ve known Moises for decades and he is a very intelligent and talented man who works very hard. If some folks don’t like him (like you, for example)…well, lots of people don’t care for me either. So what? But it’s a fact CAP’s principal mentor for partially adopting some free market policies was Spain’s Felipe Gonzalez. At least, that’s what CAP explicitly told me in early 1988 during a dinner with the foreign press association in Caracas when he was just launching his election campaign. CAP’s explanation was that he had two choices: He could be a loudmouthed anti-American populist like Alan Garcia or he could follow the trail blazed by Gonzales in Spain. He chose the latter. And CAP’s open market policies were only the spark, but not the fundamental cause, of the Caracazo. But don’t think I’m defending CAP. He screwed himself by allowing, among many others, the defunct Pedro Tinoco and the Glitter Twins (aka Gustavo and Ricardo Cisneros) to loot Venezuela at their discretion from 1989-1993. (I have a copy of the forensic audit showing how Banco Latino, Banco Consolidado, Banco Maracaibo, BOD and other banks laundered billions of dolalrs through a New York correspondent bank account owned by Orlando Castro Llanes’ Banco Progreso Group.) Anyway…Nowadays Cisneros, who put $$ into Chavez’s 1998 campaign, self-styled himself as Venezuela’s Berlusconi before April 2002 and then tried to install his CAP-era media team in Miraflores on 12 April 2002 (say it ain’t so, say you weren’t there, Beatrice Rangel), plays kissy-ass with the Chavez regime to keep Venevision afloat while he counts the days left before Chavez immolates himself and burns down Venezuela in the process. Mixed feelings are good. If you liked everything that I post I’d be concerned about my own perceptions of reality, and if you didn’t like anything I post I’d suggest politely that you can always find better ways to spend time.


    • Roy says:

      Alan Furth,

      I have had this discussion with many Venezuelans. I hear many Venezuelans express a misplaced hope that the U.S. will intervene as was done in Panama. What they fail to understand is that the U.S. had a hand in creating Noriega, and thus it had an obligation to “clean up their own mess.” Secondly, Panama represents a “vital strategic interest” to the U.S. and it could not be ignored. Venezuela just isn’t that strategically important and can be ignored.

      Venezuelans need to stop thinking that they can expect the cavalry to arrive to to save them, because they aren’t coming.


  2. This is a depressing but plausible scenario, one that closely conforms to the manner Venezuelans have generally been acting during the Chavez’s dictatorship. This time the people have been more passive than during Perez Jimenez’s times, when Venezuelans died for democracy.
    However, this is not the only scenario. Berlin walls and Soviet Unions fall rather abruptly. Later, everyone realizes that many signs that pointed to these events were there, but no one could or wanted to see them.
    The signs pointing to a Chavez collapse are everywhere: the unbalanced mental state of Chavez, increasing domestic and foreign pressures, popular irreverence related to his clownish presidency (me cago en tu revolucion), PDVSA’s and CVG’s collapses,disarray within his ranks, the administrative chaos, indebtness out of control, the international awareness of his drug links,his utterances related to a military coup if the opposition wins (he never accepted this possibility before).
    Perhaps nothing will come out of this, perhaps something will. The U.S. DOS sleeps but some congressmen don’t. I will attend an open meeting tomorrow in Congress that will deal with the case and what might be done.
    Things are happening. There is another side to the coin. Scenarios are not predictive, they just suggest possible futures.


    • Roy says:

      Sr. Colonel,

      With all due respect, while it is in the best short-term interests of Venezuela for there to be an outside intervention, I do not think this would be in the best interests of the U.S. or the Latin American countries. The best interests of the whole hemisphere are best served by allowing Venezuela to become a living example of which direction not to go. The entire region is benefiting from the combination of Venezuela’s negative example in stark contrast with Chile’s positive one. This is bolstering regional economic integration. There are no individual countries which could really benefit from an intervention at this time. CG’s analysis is solid on that point. What he didn’t address is that Venezuela’s misfortune is benefiting the region as a whole and will serve as an object lesson for the next couple of generations, at least.

      When Venezuela finally arrives at rock-bottom and international assistance is needed to prevent mass starvation, perhaps then the U.S. and other countries will act to prevent a humanitarian disaster and to try and assure that Venezuela recovers and rejoins the family eventually. Anything beyond that is simply grasping at straws. Besides, only when Venezuela has hit bottom, will Venezuelans (I am speaking in general, not about individuals) learn the lessons necessary to advance the country, socially and politically, from its current feudal state and create a real democracy instead of a farcical imitation of one.


  3. Byg Dyk says:

    Very well said, the truth indeed. Never expressed more clearly.


  4. Very cold and realistic point of view. I like this opinion, because it focuses the situation from a different angle and backed by reliable sources.
    However it is sad that the US State Department is “chicken” to act against Chavez. Allowing terrorist to sneak into the USA ,is it a way to justify “defense budgets”?


  5. clobber says:

    You sure woke up in a depressed mood today, but remember the phrase at the top of your blog: ‘When the tree falls, the monkeys scatter’

    CG Reply: Depressed? Not at all. I’m one of the world’s greatest optimists but I see life through the lens of a realist. Before writing this post I spoke with my friends in the US government about what could possibly come out of this. Their answer was “zilch.” There’s nothing the US can do to bring any of these clowns to real justice, they said. “This isn’t Noriega and Panama in 1989,” a State Department source said. I also spoke with my friends in the Venezuelan army, over a dozen majors, colonels and generals, both active duty and retired, and asked them what we might expect of this. Their answer was “Aqui no pasa, ni pasara, nada.” Rangel Silva the drug trafficker will get his four “soles” tomorrow and Chavez will praise his loyalty, but if you protest in public against the regime the chances of your being arrested are significantly higher today than just a week ago, my military sources added. “El pueblo” doesn’t care either way, and if “el pueblo” doesn’t care what’s left? I didn’t see any popular outrage when 33-35 people were arrested last week and threatened with charges of terrorism simply for exercising their constitutional rights to express their views peacefully. Did you see any popular outrage? Did anyone at the Metro station where the protest occurred voice any criticism of the arrests? Nope. That leaves the aptly acronymed MUD. But what will the oppo do besides their usual bla bla? I simply wrote a blog post stating what I think is glaringly obvious even to the blind. Aqui no pasa nada, panita.


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