Mexico to 'support the end of Chavez's government'
Mexico, of all countries, has taken the lead against the Caracas colonel.
President Fox has supported the Bush administration's plan for a hemispheric free trade pact, but little else.
The trade pact support riled Chavez, who called Fox an American imperialist "lap dog."
Now those are about the foulest words anyone can call a Mexican leader. But Fox, for all his professed conservatism, has proven himself to be anything but an ally of the Unites States. His government has been trying for years to break up the US-dominated inter-American security system, and has acted as a major annoyance at the United Nations. Fox was one of the last international leaders to express his country's condolences to the US after the 9/11 attacks.
So it is especially sweet to see the president of Mexico taking the lead against Chavez.
After the Chavez outburst and a series of heated exchanges between the two leaders, Mexico and Venezuela withdrew their embassadors. The head of Fox's National Action Party called for convening 30 conservative parties from the Americas, according to Reuters, "to support the end of Chavez's government."
The leader of Fox's party said that conservative parties in Latin America have rejected "Chavez's shameful attitude which denigrates Latin American politics, embarrasses the Venezuelan people and attacks the sovereignty of the Mexican people." The party leader, Manuel Espino expressed hope that Venezuelans should defeat Chavez's congressional allies who are facing a by-election on December 4.
Said Espino, "I have asked the political parties [of the Americas] to join in solidarity with the Venezuelan people to come together to weaken Hugo Chavez's authoritarian in December and change the government in Venezuela next year."
Fox is carrying out what this blogger suggested May, which was to keep the Chavez problem a Latin American problem to be solved by Latin American leaders, that the US should work with Chavez on political warfare operations to solve the Chavez problem by political warfare means, and Western Hemisphere countries should work together to hasten Chavez's demise before the end of 2006.
In a May 2005 paper for the Center for Security Policy, this blogger proposed helping Chavez "hasten his own political demise" by working with other Latin American countries to provoke him to overreact.
The US should "improve its psychological strategy and help the Venezuelan leader to hasten his own political self-destruction," I said in the paper.
The Venezuelan dictator is mentally unstable and has been under psychiatric supervision for years. He overreacts to criticism, weeps in front of others, and dreams messianic fantasies that make him especially vulnerable as well as dangerous."
In August, on the Center for Security Policy website, this blogger criticized the Bush administration's do-nothing stance toward Chavez and proposed:
"Here's something the administration can do, while there is still time: It can atone for its acceptance of Jimmy Carter's phony certification of the voting processes that Chavez manipulated to stay in power, and ramp up a public diplomacy and political warfare campaign to expose the corrupt Venezuelan regime and its threats against its neighbors. It can help the sharply divided Venezuelan people, including the armed forces, to come together and wage their own pitched political battles against the regime to restore democracy and remove a growing threat that is headed for a terrible human catastrophe. It can help the Venezuelan people lay siege to the fanatical and paranoid Chavez regime and bring it down without need of an assassin's bullet."
Chavez recently told Fox, "Don't mess with me, mister, or you'll get stung."