The Lincoln Plawg - the blog with footnotes
Tuesday, April 27, 2004
Bolivia: top soldier confirms absolutely zero chance of a coup. Honest.
Imagine turning to your Gray Lady, and finding an interview with CJCS General Richard Myers confirming with some vigour that no one in the US forces had any intention of mounting an insurrection.
Bliss it would be to have shorted one's entire portfolio the day before...
Whereas, in Bolivia, when General Luis Aranda says it (mutatis mutandis), it's evidently supposed to inspire confidence.
The interview in El Deber of (relatively prosperous) Santa Cruz (April 27) needs to be savoured whole.
But here's a flavour:
- ¿Usted podría identificar el origen de esos rumores o qué intereses hay de por medio?
What is known in cricket circles as a straight bat.
I've just dipped in: no context, purely touristique. I've no information either way on the likelihood of a military coup. (My recollection from when I was following the play-by-play in Bolivia is that the military are genuinely reluctant - been there, got the T-shirt.)
But the general's rather British sang-froid I thought worthy of a footnote.
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