Dirty politics south of the border
Last Friday U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson warned Mexico that Putin was hiding under their beds.
Speaking in Mexico City, Tillerson said European counterparts had noticed that Russia had its fingerprints on a number of elections.
“We hear this from our European counterparts,” Tillerson said. “My advice would be ... pay attention to what’s happening.”
His comments followed remarks late last year by U.S. National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster, who said there was already evidence of Russian meddling in Mexican elections set for July.
McMaster did not give details of the alleged interference.
What Mexicans most took notice of was what Tillerson didn't say.
Sure, he didn't mention any proof behind his dramatic claim about Russia, but what they most noticed was the complete absence of any mention of the date.
The secretary of state’s words were also delivered on the 170th anniversary of the signing of the U.S.-Mexico Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo, an agreement reached in the wake of a U.S. military victory over Mexico that ceded much of modern-day New Mexico and the U.S. West to Washington. The anniversary was not lost on some south of the border.
“Symmetry has never existed on this border,” editorialized the Tijuana edition of La Jornada.
Was there no one in the State Department aware of this?
According to today's poll, left-wing Mexican presidential candidate Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador has an 11-point lead over his closest rival.
A few days ago another poll also gave him an 11-point lead.
Almost no one north of the border want to see him win, especially the business community because of his talk of nationalizing oil.
However, Trump is doing everything he can to help him win.
“Without being disrespectful, we’re going to put him in his place,” Lopez Obrador said of Trump on Thursday in the Gulf of Mexico port of Veracruz, the scene of a notorious national humiliation when U.S. forces occupied it in 1914.
...The most obvious beneficiary of opposition to Trump, at least initially, would be Lopez Obrador, Buendia said.
The rise of Trump is motivating socialists within the U.S. and without.
The neocons running the Democratic Party establishment have been quick to assign credit for Obrador's rise to...Putin. Of course.
There’s a new 21st-century twist to the old lament, “Poor Mexico, so far from God, so close to the United States.” In the era of social media, distance is dying. So now, Mexico finds itself not only close to the United States but also a click away from Russia and its boiler rooms of hackers.
Suddenly, Mexico is being squeezed simultaneously by President Trump’s United States and Vladimir Putin’s Russia, each pursuing divergent interests but both, ironically, contributing to the same electoral outcome.
...McMaster gave no more details about what exactly Russia is doing in Mexico or how, precisely, it might be going about it.
Ah, yes. Who cares about proof anyway.
Unlike the WashPost, Obrador thinks the whole Scary Russia thing is a big joke.
Treating the Russia allegation with humor, he even posted a video introducing himself as an “Andres Manuelovich” who was out for “Moscow gold.” T-shirts bearing the name “Andres Manuelovich” were then even reported circulating in the country.
In response to Obrador not taking their bullshit seriously, the WashPost totally flipped out.
Why, oh why, won't he take us seriously?
More importantly, how is this NOT American interference in Mexico's election?
Does it not matter because it's the U.S. doing it?
In Mexico, OTOH, credit for Obrador's rise is given to a different foreign nation - Venezuela - also without a shred of proof.
January’s strange appearance of pro-López Obrador messages in the streets of Venezuela, authored by anonymous individuals who were suspected of being anti-López Obrador, was a harbinger of foreign attention on and possible interference in the 2018 Mexican elections.
On that note, López Obrador’s opponents began urging the INE to investigate the Morena leader’s alleged ties to Russia.
...Separately, and again without offering any hard evidence, Venezuelan opposition Congressman Rafael Ramirez Colín was quoted by Proceso on Feb. 3 claiming that his country’s president, Nicolas Maduro, was planning to finance López Obrador’s campaign, as part of a leftist political strategy aimed at creating an “axis of hunger” in Latin America.
López Obrador has repeatedly denied any connections to either Venezuela and Russia, blaming the stories on the political desperation of his adversaries.
Funny how stuff like this only happens when a leftist is winning.