Presidencia El Salvador via Wikimedia Commons

In a speech over the weekend, Mexico’s top general and Defense Secretary Gen. Luis Cresencio Sandoval raised concerns when he openly praised the leftist political agenda of socialist President Andrés Manuel López Obrador (aka AMLO).

The general’s unprecedented comments drew strong criticism for injecting the military into the nation’s political debate.

This speech also reminded observers and critics of AMLO’s increasing use of the military for civilian projects and parallels with Socialist Venezuela.

According to AP, the General said:

…as Mexicans, we must be united in the national project that is being carried out. For us it is a mark of pride to be able to contribute to the transformation that is being carried out. The efforts of your administration are founded on the legitimate needs of the majority of Mexicans.

The far left López Obrador describes his administration as the “fourth transformation” of Mexico, akin to the three earlier major political movements that defined Mexico: the independence against Spain, the 1910-17 Mexican Revolution and the Liberal reform movement of the 1850s and 60s.

As the Wall Street Journal notes:

Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador —a k a AMLO—has been known to bristle when critics liken him to the late Hugo Chávez. But the parallels between the spirit of Mr. López Obrador’s two-year-old government and that of the Venezuelan strongman’s in its early years are impossible to ignore.

AMLO is on a mission to complete what he calls “the fourth transformation” of Mexico, and he has to centralize power to do it. He has already wrested control of the Supreme Court, and last month he proclaimed that autonomous regulatory bodies like the federal antitrust commission and the office that provides transparency in federal contracts should be eliminated.

Like the authoritarian Chavez and Nicolás Maduro have done in Venezuela, López Obrador has dramatically expanded the Mexican army’s role in everything from law enforcement to building and operating airports and rail projects. This makes the military a target for corruption and political favors.

And many observers believe that, similar to Venezuela, this is a very dangerous development for the future of democracy in Mexico. AP noted that:

The conservative opposition National Action Party said in a statement that “this political content is not appropriate from a military man, and clearly violates” a clause in the Constitution that prohibits political activity by the armed forces.

José Miguel Vivanco, director for the Americas at Human Rights Watch, wrote in his Twitter account that Cresencio Sandoval “publicly backed and identified himself” with López Obrador and “his political project.”

“When military officers get involved in politics, democracy is in danger,” Vivanco wrote.

And with a populist socialist president with delusions of grandeur we should all be concerned about a Venezuela scenario. As the Wall Street Journal writes, while “AMLO can’t copy Chávez play by play… his aspirations are hauntingly similar and so is his modus operandi.”

The opinions expressed by columnists are their own and do not necessarily represent the views of AmericanActionNews.com


Paul Crespo is the Managing Editor of American Defense News. A defense and national security expert, he served as a Marine Corps officer and as a military attaché with the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) at US embassies worldwide. Paul holds degrees from Georgetown, London, and Cambridge Universities. He is also CEO of SPECTRE Global Risk, a security advisory firm, and President of the Center for American Defense Studies, a national security think tank.

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raylaser
raylaser
2 months ago

Mexico will continue to be emboldened to embrace a socialist agenda as long as Biden and his socialist handlers are in charge of the White House. Don’t be surprised as we here about more “banana republics” start to lean socialist over the next 3 years.

Don Spilman
Don Spilman
2 months ago
Reply to  raylaser

America will be a banana republic before 2022 is over

alf
alf
2 months ago
Reply to  Don Spilman

Banana is Catholic…Biden is CATHOLIC. CATHOLIC is socialist. Vote accordingly

colleen
colleen
2 months ago
Reply to  raylaser

Heaven forbid!! Somehow this must be stopped. The idiot in the WH and the entire regime need removing, and our US border closed, locked down for good.

alf
alf
2 months ago
Reply to  colleen

One outfit has a thousand years of invasion, domination, conquest,
then elimination…. Be CATHOLIC “C” or be dead. Vote for ANY CATHOLIC and you vote for failure forever and a traitor.

alf
alf
2 months ago
Reply to  raylaser

Biden is CATHOLIC. CATHOLIC is socialist. Vote accordingly

JimN
JimN
2 months ago

It is always the poor, ignorant and uneducated that fall for the lies of the Socialist siren call. And their Socialist soon-to-be dictators know it.

Jawad
Jawad
2 months ago
Reply to  JimN

And in America it is the rootless, ungrounded, jaded young rebels without a cause that fall for and embrace the pabulum and tripe of the socialist propagandists. These unfortunates are seldom poor, just overindulged, perhaps, and seeking a new religion. My sainted Father used to remind us: Communism is a godless religion.

alf
alf
2 months ago
Reply to  JimN

That is called CATHOLIC. Vote accordingly.

Jim Dahlberg
Jim Dahlberg
2 months ago
Reply to  alf

You sure have a dislike for Catholics don’t you? Can you prove anything you say about Catholics that they are cause of all the problems around the US or the world?

alf
alf
2 months ago
Reply to  Jim Dahlberg

yeah! Catholics have a culture which has been a total failure for over 1,500 years. ..A hundred nations, a thousand years and exactly 100% failure! Vote for ANY of the cause of failure treasonous folks is not wise. Vote for ANY CATHOLIC and the wall will never be built.

Juan Garcia
Juan Garcia
2 months ago

For first time in decades Mexico has a real democratic president, journalists have freedom of speech they’re able to confront the president, before if they would turn against government, they would be killed or disappeared the media was getting paid to cover up all the corruption. Venezuela doesn’t have freedom of speech, or free elections.

Don Spilman
Don Spilman
2 months ago
Reply to  Juan Garcia

Obviously won’t last long then will he.