TSO sent me a link to a POS article from Michael Moore’s empty head, apparently it originated at The Progressive and was written by Elizabeth DiNovella concerning what she calls “The School of the Americas”.
It’s actually called the Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation – it’s been called that for eight years since the Clinton Administration changed it. But I guess it’s too expensive to change their signs and T-shirts when they protest it, so the hippies still call it the School of the Americas.
Ms. DiNovella tries to link one of the School’s graduates to the Honduran problem;
The general at the center of the military coup in Honduras has a connection to the U.S. military—General Romeo Vasquez attended the School of the Americas (SOA).
The School of the Americas…is a combat training school for Latin American soldiers, located at Fort Benning, Georgia. General Vasquez attended trainings at least twice–in 1976 and 1984, according to the watchdog group School of Americas Watch.
Graduates of the School of the Americas/WHINSEC have a long history of repression and anti-democratic actions. The School has produced at least 11 Latin American dictators, including SOA grad General Juan Megler Castro who became military dictator of Honduras in 1975.
Actually, while it was called The School of the Americas, 61,000 Latin American officers graduated from the course. Have there been 61,000 dictators in Latin America? So 11 out of 61,000 is a pretty good ratio.
Now Honduran General Romeo Vasquez was imprisoned by President Zeyala last week for refusing to collect ballots printed and shipped to Honduras by Hugo Chavez – counter to the Honduran Constitution. He was then reinstated by the Supreme Court and the Honduran Congress, then commanded the troops who sent President Zeyala packing to Costa Rica.
Even though he had the means to control the government in Honduras since he had most of the guns, immediately turned the government back over to the Honduran Congress.
He was working on orders from the Congress and the Supreme Court who, in turn, were following the dictates of their constitution. Now, if he learned that while at The School of the Americas, it looks like they did a good job. General Vasquez didn’t turn into a dictator, like the 11 people Ms. DiNovella mentions, so I don’t know what her point was. Maybe she was just spouting off more hippie nonsense.
Michael Moore gets twitchy every time someone mentions The School of the Americas (which was founded by a Democrat President and a Democrat Congress, by the way) and he thought posting that crap would make him look smart.
But actually it just makes the Left look dumber for only doing half of the research. Now I can’t find anything on Hugo Chavez attending School of the Americas or the Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation, but I know for a fact, up until a few years ago, he sent his officers to Fort Benning to the school. So does Correa (Ecuador) and Morales (Bolivia). I’m not sure about Nicaragua these days.