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Bolivia orders U.S. ambassador expelled


///////////President Evo Morales accuses Ambassador Philip Goldberg of fostering divisions in the fractured Andean nation.//////////////

By Patrick J. McDonnell, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
September 11, 2008

BUENOS AIRES -- Bolivian President Evo Morales ordered the expulsion Wednesday of the U.S. ambassador to his country, accusing him of fostering divisions in the deeply fractured Andean nation.

The move comes as tensions rise and violence increases in states opposed to the leftist policies of Morales. The president has regularly accused Washington and its ambassador of plotting against him.

"The one who conspires against democracy and above all seeks the division of Bolivia is the ambassador of the United States," Morales said during a speech at the presidential palace.

Ambassador Philip S. Goldberg, a veteran diplomat who has served more than two years in La Paz, Bolivia's administrative capital, was declared persona non grata and will have to leave the country, probably within 48 to 72 hours.

"We don't want people who are separatists, who foment divisions, who conspire against unity," Morales said, referring to Goldberg.

U.S. officials in La Paz said that Goldberg was surprised by the decision and that the embassy was awaiting an official statement from the Bolivian government.

The expulsion order is the culmination of tension between Morales and Goldberg that mirrors the deteriorating state of U.S.-Bolivian relations.

Morales, who took office in January 2006 as Bolivia's first Indian president, is an ally of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, the region's preeminent critic of Washington.

Despite Morales' frequent assaults on U.S. policy, Bolivia receives more than $100 million a year in U.S. aid, much of it to fight the drug trade. Bolivia is the world's third-largest producer of the coca leaf, the raw ingredient in cocaine.

Even though he is president, Morales still heads a major federation of coca producers. He has defended farmers' right to plant coca, but has also cooperated with U.S.-backed efforts to block trafficking.

Goldberg heard of Morales' decision Wednesday during a meeting with Bolivian Foreign Minister David Choquehuanca, the U.S. Embassy said. Goldberg had requested the meeting to discuss Bolivia's decision to expel agents of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration from the Chapare, a major coca-producing zone and Morales' home base.

State Department spokesman Gordon Duguid called the accusations against Goldberg "baseless," the Associated Press reported from Washington. There was no immediate word on what reciprocal steps Washington might take.

Violent protests have convulsed Bolivia in recent days. Demonstrators on Tuesday sacked and burned government offices in the city of Santa Cruz, the epicenter of opposition to Morales.

A pipeline blast reportedly forced the country to reduce exports of natural gas to Brazil. What caused the blast remained unclear. Bolivia has South America's second-largest natural gas reserves, after Venezuela.

The governors of five of Bolivia's nine states are aligned against Morales and his agenda of nationalization and empowering the poor Indian masses.

Morales has accused the rebellious states of plotting against him with the U.S. ambassador. Goldberg has repeatedly denied any interference in Bolivian affairs.

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aid paid by american taxpayers goes back as corporate welfare

3rd world countries like mine are forced into AID/LOANS, mostly for unneeded and ineffective projects--which, of course, gets awarded to American corporations.

do you know that the junk 1960-vintage UH-1H hueys, of america is still being forced upon my country as aid? which is still "payable"? either thru political pressures of opening up a country's market or divide the country into useless political bickering?

so basically, americans are taxed to give the money to us,then this money should only buy old,useless, surplus,rotting flying coffins, used to fight my fellow countryman who is an insurgent "rebel" simply because he is fighting the government who displaced him from his ancestral land,to enable construction of a useless dam[for instance] to be paid for in loans by filipinos,and their children for several generations because the federal reserve manipulated the market to devalue the peso. and if we decide not to "avail" of the loans, demonization in the media takes place, or local pressure groups against the government are supported. miraculously,these issues disappear, once new loans are agreed upon.

nice world order eh? i used to be a victim of the system too,which forces me to have a blanket opinion against americans. now i know better. it is the elite who control the american government--and they have no single nationality. this is the shit they do around the world,this is all done in your name

Exporting the Drug War is what Lost US Afghanistan...

In 2003, when Bush decided to export the drug war rather than sanction the opium crop for medical supply. ( A plan the tribal leaders were very happy about) I wrote it would end up with us losing Afghanistan..

Since, that time we have lost more than 50% of the country and this year is the deadliest year yet...

It is freaking crazy and unconstitutional to give other countries money.

Especially to fight wars.... be it war on drugs or war on someone else...

It is immoral and the karma of it is returning home..

"The thing I feared most has come upon me..." Job..

100 MILLION dollars

Buys alot of cocaine at the factory/source. What else can you spend 100 million dollars for? Jet fuel?

They have to justify the cost and come clean...

Freedom may be worth searching for.

Remember, Dont battle the govt with guns(ALONE), Beat them in court, in state legislature, or hire Ron Paul for president.

Freedom may be worth searching for.

I have given up on my fellow Americans, (not DPers) as I will not shed one more calorie trying to awaken anyone else who is not a critical thinker and does not have the inherent feeling that something is wrong.

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things that make you go hmmm...

"Despite Morales' frequent assaults on U.S. policy, Bolivia receives more than $100 million a year in U.S. aid, much of it to fight the drug trade."

100 million a year goes through a president who heads a federation of coca producers...so we, Americans taxpayers, fund the corruption in south america...ok...

looks like they would be much better off without our "help"
we'll stay there, though...how else can the cia negotiate to bring the coke back into our country...

O Captain, My Captain, rise up and hear the bells!

its 'cos I owe ya, my young friend...
Rockin' the FREE world in Tennessee since 1957!
9/11 Truth.

This is why I can't stand US drug policy

"Even though he is president, Morales still heads a major federation of coca producers. He has defended farmers' right to plant coca, but has also cooperated with U.S.-backed efforts to block trafficking."

My dad and I have been on many mission trips to Bolivia, Guatemala, and Peru. We go with medical and eye doctors, and pharmacist (my wife). Mainly we are just entertainment and crowd control, which is very very easy. sometimes we get lucky and there is a construction project we can work on. These "third world" nations are so much healthier and happier than we are. No high blood pressure, no stress, no heart conditions. 90% of them are just wanting some glasses, that they don't even know that they need. So much for the U.S. way.

Long story short. We constantly drink coca tea while we are there, and wouldn't be able to enjoy our trip if we didn't. The altitude will really give you some monster headaches and make you miserable. The locals constantly chew on or make tea out of the coca leaf, and they need it. So here we come to save the day and spray poison all over their plants. This kind of activity is completely insane. You want to stop drugs like cocaine? Stop them at the border, and mainly...quit letting the CIA sell the shit!

There have been reports of CIA

operated plane crashes with tons of cocain on board. So if we have anti-durg forces in Bolivia why would there be US planes crashing with all this cocain? It seems our anti-drug forces are there to guard their interests instead of stopping drug traffic. This is just my take on it. There is so much propaganda and disinformation circulating on the net, there's no telling what is really happening. But the first impressions seem to be telling us the US is there just to stirr up trouble.


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Maybe most countries will kick US out

they may help the American people put an end to the US governments world wide empire.

tho confused,

i take this as another sign that things are a changin!! regardless of the 9 governors who are agaisnt morales-according to this article, i am lifted to read that others are understanding that americas spreading of "democracy" may not be what is claimed, but instead is directly in line with creating tension in a country we don not belong in. question- why are we sending aid to a country that supports drugs if we are supposedly agaisnt drugs? and finally- could it be that morales is tired of sharing his cut of the cocaine with the U.S.?



Yes. Seems like there are

Yes. Seems like there are only a few countries that are still our friends, and they seem to be on our side just to take over the world..heh.

You GO Evo

lol,,,,,adds new meaning to BLOW BACK