The US Wanted a Coup in Bolivia: Like Magic, It Got One

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Bolivia's President Evo Morales was ousted in a coup. What happened?

Military Coup

The US wanted Leftist President Evo Morales gone.

Guess what? He's gone.

The Guardian reports Many Wanted Morales Out. But What Happened in Bolivia was a Military Coup.

On Sunday the head of Bolivia’s military called on Evo Morales to resign from the presidency. Minutes later Morales was on a plane to Cochabamba where he did just that. These facts leave little doubt that what happened in Bolivia this weekend was a military coup, the first such event in Latin America since the 2009 military coup against Honduran president, Manuel Zelaya. (The 2012 and 2016 impeachments of Paraguay’s Fernando Lugo and Brazil’s Dilma Rousseff are widely viewed as “parliamentary coups.”)

The mainstream press has bent over backwards, and tied itself in more than a few tangled knots, to avoid drawing this conclusion. The Wall Street Journal celebrates Morales’ ouster as a “democratic breakout.” The New York Times is characteristically more circumspect, hemming and hawing about how “the forced ouster of an elected leader is by definition a setback for democracy” but might also “help Bolivia restore its wounded democracy.” This head-spinning rhetoric does not prevent the Times from swiftly dismissing left-of-center politicians’ “predictable” claims that what happened was a coup.

It is hardly surprising that conservative governments and powerful media outlets applaud Morales’ ouster and dismiss the claim it constitutes a coup. More surprising is that leftist commentators, including Raquel Gutiérrez and Raul Zibechi, have taken a similar stance. Zibechi attributes Morales’ fall to a “popular uprising.”

Morales’ Illegitimacy

Claims of illegitimacy stem from two points.

  1. Bolivia had term limit set at two. Morales failed in a referendum to have that overturned, but the courts sided with Morales on grounds that term limits violated his “human rights.”
  2. Morales won the election, but amid allegations of vote fraud. He was ahead, but with less than a 10% lead which would have triggered a runoff. Counting was paused and magically, the lead came in over 10%. The OAS refused to certify the election.

This is where it gets interesting. Morales in advance promised to honor an OAS audit. He did, and called for new elections.

But in the weeks after the October 20 election, the internal demands (not OAS demands) switched to a Morales resignation. Morales resigned only after he was pressured to do so by the military.

Back to the Guardian.

Since Morales resigned many MAS elected officials have also resigned their posts, claiming that they are doing so for fear of their own and their families’ safety. Video shows Morales’ house being ransacked on Sunday and chilling instances of police abuse of power in the last several days. On Tuesday night, the far right vice president of Bolivia’s Senate swore herself in as president, to a nearly empty legislative chamber. MAS senators boycotted the proceedings, with at least some saying they did so for fear of their safety.

Whatever the broad array of forces that contributed to Morales’ downfall, the fact that the military pushed him out has emboldened the worst elements of Bolivian society. It may also embolden popular movements to strike back, as has occurred so often in Bolivia’s history. Indeed, predominantly Indigenous protesters in El Alto, La Paz, and elsewhere are in the streets denouncing the burning of the Indigenous wiphala flag and growing military repression of the populace. Some protesters are now calling for civil war.

The debate over whether or not Morales’ ouster constitutes a coup is revealing. Those who deny that there has been a coup – Trump, Bolsonaro, and mainstream press – express the predictable and longstanding animosity of the powerful towards leftist governments that challenge the status quo and offer the powerless hope for an alternative.

We also need to recognize that, right now, it is not popular movements that have taken charge in Bolivia, but a Bible-thumping racist right that has burned the wiphala, promised that “Pachamama will never return to the [presidential] palace,” and chillingly called on the military and police to “pacify” Bolivia’s streets.

Blury Line Between Coup and Uprising

The New York Times calls it a Blury Line Between Coup and Uprising.

The political scientist Jay Ulfelder has referred to that as a “Schrödinger’s coup,” after the Austrian physicist, Erwin Schrödinger, writing that such cases “exist in a perpetual state of ambiguity, simultaneously coup and not-coup” with no hope of forcing the events into a “single, clear” category.

Scholars of the country argue that both Mr. Morales and the military are on the wrong side of democracy.

Rut Diamint, a political scientist at Torcuato Di Tella University in Argentina, agreed with the criticisms of Mr. Morales but added, “None of that justifies a coup d’état.”

Not a Coup - Because!

The Salon explains Why the Bolivia Coup is Not a Coup.

Here's the reason: The U.S. foreign policy establishment wanted it.

Trump issued this Statement Regarding the Resignation of Bolivian President Evo Morales.

The United States applauds the Bolivian people for demanding freedom and the Bolivian military for abiding by its oath to protect not just a single person, but Bolivia’s constitution. These events send a strong signal to the illegitimate regimes in Venezuela and Nicaragua that democracy and the will of the people will always prevail. We are now one step closer to a completely democratic, prosperous, and free Western Hemisphere.

Email from "Henruchito"

Here's an email I received from a friend close to the situation. He received an Email from "Henruchito".

In Spanish (Translation Follows)

El golpe contra Evo no solo estaba coordinado dentro de Bolivia, sino en todo Suramérica. Como Bolivia no tiene salida al mar, tenía que volar sobre espacio aéreo de otros países los cuales le negaron el permiso al avión mexicano.

Todo indica que la intención de EUA era capturar a Evo y asesinarlo, como a Kadafi en Libia culpando a "la chusma". Los sicarios de la CIA irrumpieron en la casa de Evo pensando que se escondía adentro, revolviendo y destruyendo todo el interior buscándolo pero no estaba en su casa.

El avión de la Fuerza Aérea Mexicana que se dirigía a Bolivia a rescatarlo le fue negado su paso por países hermanos como Ecuador, Perú y Brasil. Inclusive la CIA obligó a Perú a denegar el permiso al avión mexicano aún después de que ya le había otorgado el permiso. La CIA le hizo manita de puerco al Presidente Martín Vizcarra para obligarlo a retirar el permiso previamente otorgado.

Translation

The ouster against Evo was coordinated not only within Bolivia, but in the whole of South America. Since Bolivia has no access to the ocean, it was necessary to fly through the air-space of other countries which denied permission to the Mexican airplane.

All indications are that the intention of the USA was to capture Evo and assassinate him, as they did with Muammar Gaddafi of Libya, placing the blame on the "rioters". The CIA assassins broke into Evo's house thinking that he was hiding inside, and they wrecked everything inside in their attempt to find him, but he was not at home.

The airplane of the Mexican Air Force that was going to Bolivia to rescue Evo, was denied passage through border countries such as Ecuador, Peru and Brazil, The CIA even forced Peru to deny permission to the Mexican airplane, after it has already granted permission. The CIA forced the hand of President Martin Viscarra, forcing him to withdraw permission previously granted.

Little Henry Blames the CIA

My friend notes the Email was from "Henruchito".

Henruchito is a play on "Henry". I guess the author is actually "Enrique", which is Spanish for "Henry":

The last part, "ruchito" is a sort of lovable diminutive, meaning "Little Henry".

Mexico Grants Asylum

Little Henry believes the CIA is involved.

For obvious reasons none of these people want their identities disclosed.

Meanwhile, and despite air flight bans from numerous countries, almost certainly at the request of the US, Evo Morales eventually did make it to Mexico which has granted him asylum.

Bible Returns

Utopian South America

Please note the bible is back in the Bolivian palace and Trump is happy that we are one step closer to some form of utopian South America.

Mike "Mish" Shedlock

Comments (27)
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Aaaal
Aaaal

TL;DR If you want the low down on Bolivia, check out The Grayzone. Award winning journalist Aaron Mate, Anya Parampil, & Max Blumenthal will give you the 411.

Mish
Mish

Editor

Will Country Bob like this article? I expect we will find out soon.

lamlawindy
lamlawindy

It's possible that the CIA encouraged opposition leaders & even the military toward pushing Evo Morales out. I wish that our government didn't do such things. However, neither the opposition nor the military nor the CIA started that ball rolling: Morales himself did by using his toadies in the judiciary to bypass Bolivia's term limits.

Tengen
Tengen

Not sure how anyone can defend this interventionism, unless citing the Monroe Doctrine. Of course, nobody remembers the second part of the doctrine, that we will limit our interference to the Americas and stay out of the rest of the world. We have violated that part continuously since WW2.

Augustthegreat
Augustthegreat

Waiting for the day when another country will intervene in the the U.S. to remove the idiots like Trump, and stop the great american experiments of “we lied, we cheated, and we stolen”

stillCJ
stillCJ

Editor

Nicky Maduro is not happy to see his pal Morales getting the bum's rush.

Jackula
Jackula

Here may come another batch of refugees to our southern border. One could say the 500 year war in the Americas against the indigenous peoples continues.

Maximus_Minimus
Maximus_Minimus

The coup opens a further descent into might is right politics, as if it needed another push. Expect paybacks everywhere. This new wave started...about three year ago.

Webej
Webej

A blow for democracy

»the new self-declared president of Bolivia, Jeanine Áñez,«

who did not win any election. The OAS is not a neutral party, but an instrument of American policy. So far, no concrete evidence of specific election rigging or malfeasance has been presented.

Morales wanted to not only sell the lithium, but to make the batteries, climbing up the value chain. A mortal sin in the eyes of the world's ruling corporations.

Like Moreno's ascension to power and the $B4.2 IMF bribe, it's corruption, bribery, and conniving all the way down.

SMF
SMF

Good heavens, when a little recent info makes people seem as if they know the story. Evo has had many problems with his citizens before, and this coup did not come from a vacuum.

And the lithium? No US company was close to being involved in that deal.

numike
numike

“Bolivia is a striking example. The mostly white, Europeanized elite, which is a minority, happens to be sitting on most of the hydrocarbon reserves. For the first time Bolivia is becoming democratic. So it's therefore bitterly hated by the West, which despises democracy, because it's much too dangerous.” ― Noam Chomsky

Bam_Man
Bam_Man

The US has absolutely no intention of ever "living within its means". The "soft plunder" wrought by previous $USD hegemony is being ever more rapidly replaced with "in-your-face" outright seizure of foreign assets. Empire in its final stage. Same as it ever was.

lol
lol

Cartels run Bolivia,they run the military,if the cartel wants you gone,you best leave!

Anda
Anda

What to think. Putting aside the socialist, US empire, and religious angles to this, what are we watching happen in real terms for Bolivia, as in who or what and where is this headed. I read around, I read from the lefter also because they provide details you don't find in our msm. In that regard, as first commentator noted grayzone is documenting this

Another publication with some at times excellent analysis that is worth reading by anyone able to extract info without getting caught up in any bias that may or may not be present

It is possible the country is headed to civil war, no matter what anyone's leaning I think most can agree this is not a good direction.

Christian dk
Christian dk

So NObody is allowed to meddle/have an opinion in US politics.. Yet the usa can meddle in EVERY country s internal affairs.... USA has deserved the next mega earthquake that is coming and will erupt the whole yellowstone caldera.....

Ted R
Ted R

Bolivia is also where most of the world;s cocaine is grown. Lots of narco-dollars in that country.

thimk
thimk

******** MISSION ACCOMPLISHED ! *********

abend237-04
abend237-04

Anyone care to enlighten me as to why this won't lead to endless civil war in Bolivia?

RonJ
RonJ

"The mainstream press has bent over backwards, and tied itself in more than a few tangled knots, to avoid drawing this conclusion."

The mainstream media is propaganda. Obviously they have an agenda that is something other than telling their audience the truth.

frozeninthenorth
frozeninthenorth

Actually, Bolivia is just large enough so that the US military can take over; GDP inconsequential, military (very small) and a tiny economy (biggest export is oil at $2 billion per annum). If you spend the kind of money the US does for its military...it's got to have targets.

Just kidding; I was not a fan of Morales, his game with the country's constitution was troubling but then again...its fu$king Bolivia, who cares!

This is starting to look very much like a "domino theory" of the '50s -- did Bolton have anything to do with this, I smell neocon here