The US government must hand over to Venezuela all the information that former Supreme Court Justice Eladio Aponte Aponte has shared with US authorities about the Chavez government’s alleged links to international drug traffickers, according to Maria Corina Machado.
“Our position must be very firm with the government of the US, as it has been with other governments,” Machado said yesterday at a press conference in Miami. “If these denunciations are confirmed we are talking about a narco-state,” she added.
Machado said that as a National Assembly deputy and member of the Interior Policy Commission she will argue that the administration of President Barack Obama must hand over all information provided by Aponte Aponte to the assembly.
Maria Corina is perhaps the most courageous opposition legislator in the assembly. She is fearless, beyond the slightest doubt.
But let’s think about her demand for a moment.
Machado wants the US government to hand over everything that Aponte Aponte has shared with US authorities – to the Chavez-controlled assembly.
The bad guys control the assembly, which means that if the US government agrees to accommodate Machado and does hand over all of Aponte’s information, the bad guys will know precisely by name and event which members of the Chavez regime have been fingered by the former judge.
The Chavez regime isn’t going to vanish soon – even if Chavez dies. As a result, once the bad guys have in their power the information that Aponte has shared, then they will know precisely where to focus official cover-up efforts that include killing potential witnesses, shredding documents, etc.
Machado’s central point appears to be that Venezuelans are entitled to know about the criminals and gangsters who control the government and call themselves revolutionaries. And she’s right.
But Machado’s rhetorical question – how would the governments of Mexico and Colombia react if allegations like Aponte’s were lodged against those governments – is nonsensical; apples and oranges.
The defense ministers of Mexico and Colombia have not been designated officially by the US as drug traffickers.
As bad as things have become in Mexico, and as bad as they used to be in Colombia before former President Alvaro Uribe Velez fought the FARC without asking or giving quarter, those countries have never been ruled by self-declared communists in bed with Fidel Castro, the FARC and international organized crime.
Colombia and Mexico’s governments have never been supported by up to 40,000 Cuban nationals deployed in those countries on official “support” missions.
Former Colombian President Ernesto Samper arguably was a narco-president. Samper’s presidential campaign in 1994 did knowingly take money from the now-defunct Cali cartel.
The founders of Mexico’s Zetas used to be Mexican federal police and army officials before they crossed over to the dark side. Narco-corruption certainly is rampant in Colombia and Mexico. But it’s still apples and oranges when those countries today are compared with Bolivarian Venezuela.
Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos extradited Walid Makled back to Venezuela, where he is now being tried by a closed court. Very little of the information that Makled has aired in court has seen the light of day publicly – not that it matters, since it’s public knowledge that dozens of generals and senior government officials got very rich doing “negocios” with Walid.
But has anyone in the military or the government been arrested yet as a result of Makled’s testimony? Has the attorney General’s office launched new investigations into Bolivarian narco-trafficking? Nope. As Jose Vicente Rangel would say, “Everything in Venezuela is excessively normal.”
Meanwhile, Venezuela’s presidency, defense ministry, the National Guard, Sebin intelligence service, Supreme Court, National assembly, and every other institution of governance is thoroughly penetrated and compromised by Bolivarian corruption and Fidel’s forces.
Still, Machado wants the Obama administration to hand over everything Aponte delivered. Presumably, Venezuela is entitled, has “sovereign rights,” etc.
By all means, let’s give the bad guys in Bolivarian Cubazuela all the information that Aponte has provided to the US authorities so that they literally can bury the most damning and verifiable evidence of their crimes and go on to live full happy lives in freedom, enjoying their ill-gotten fortunes.
What a capital idea!