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Friday, August 19, 2005

Diplomacy...? Perish the thought...! That would require skill...

another up-close-and-personal profile from bush's ship of fools... it's comforting in a bizarre sort of way to know that there is actually a consistent profile being utilized for those bushco chooses for sensitive diplomatic posts... you need to meet at least a majority of these criteria: 1) be an asshole (a la bolton), 2) be loyal to george above all else, 3) be filthy rich, and 4) be a major republican party donor... the principal item is, as we all know, #2...
He married Mexico's richest woman, is an old pal of U.S. President George W. Bush and now Washington's envoy south of the Rio Grande is stirring up controversy in a dispute over crime and immigration on the U.S.-Mexican border.

U.S. Ambassador Tony Garza upset Mexico this week by boasting he had shut a consular office in a border city to "punish" the country for failing to halt a drug war there.

It was the latest in a series of run-ins with Mexico's government that have earned Garza a reputation as a bully who, despite his Hispanic roots, largely disregards Mexican sensibilities about its powerful northern neighbor.


Garza, in his mid-forties, was a campaign advisor in Bush's 1994 gubernatorial race and Texas railroad commissioner.

Despite the diplomatic friction, Garza charmed Mexico's high society in April with a lavish wedding to the country's wealthiest woman, beer heiress Mariasun Aramburuzabala who is worth about $1.5 billion.

U.S. first lady Laura Bush and Mexican magnate Carlos Slim, one of the world's richest man [sic], were among the guests at a lakeside resort.

The glittering nuptials did little to paper over serious disagreements between the two countries.

Mexico is frustrated that Congress has dragged its feet on immigration reform sought by Bush that would mainly benefit millions of Mexican workers in the United States.

for those who don't know, calling carlos slim "one of the world's richest men" is a serious understatement... he may well BE the world's richest man and is a perfect example of why so many mexicans try so desperately to get across the border to the u.s... the mexican super-rich, even more than their u.s. counterparts, have succeeded in perpetuating an enormous have/have-not gap in mexico... the power and wealth of mexico is concentrated in a very few unbelievably wealthy families with slim at the top of the pile...

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