Alberto Fernandez he has already lost even the minimum argumentative coherence that can be expected of any official when he speaks in public.
“No one is innocent”In the Argentine tragedy, he said in the G20 meeting; but then he elaborated on the blame for what happens to us, which, according to him, falls on Mauricio Macri, the IMF and financial speculation.
All the other Argentines, himself in the first place, of course, would not have nothing to regret, they would be poor victims. Alberto thus claimed an innocence that, according to himself he had just said, does not exist.
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Luckily his speech lasted only 3 minutes, because otherwise the audience’s confusion would have been total: it is already inadmissible for a leader to go to these forums to speak pests of his political opponents; but above blame their misfortunes to international organizations and financial markets it’s like too dumb and misplaced. What if you try to take charge of something and look for solutions instead of culprits?
His entire government is doomed to the latter, and has forgotten to even try the former and the latter. It happens with inflation, with the violence of minority groups in the south and with insecurity in general, why would the debt with the Fund be an exception, if it lends itself like no other matter to build a greedy villain who wants to suck our blood?
The peculiar thing in this area is, in any case, that at the same time that our misfortunes are attributed to that organism, it is asked to make all kinds of efforts, even violating its rules, to keep us afloat.
Officials let it be known whenever they can: their last hope, now that everything they tried has failed themIt is that neither the IMF bureaucracy nor its constituents, the governments of the central countries, especially the United States, want to look like the bad guys in the movie, so “don’t let us fall.”
Note the rather realistic diagnosis underlying this expression: it is implicitly admitted that, if there is no agreement with the Fund, the country sinks. So it is not a problem of a lack of perception of the risk that is run, nor of omnipotence in the style of “let’s live with what is ours”, but rather on the contrary, of impotence. As simple as that: our government assumes that unable to avoid even more misfortunes one of those that already afflicts us, and he hopes that his counterparts in external negotiations are not as powerless or clumsy as he is, thus, after placing us on the edge of the abyss, they loudly demand “save these poor people!”
Of course, openly acknowledge this dependence and that plea would damage their pride to unacceptable levels, and it would deny the ideological veils with which it is kept up, which is why they accompany the plea for insults of all kinds.
This is where the second part of the official formula enters the scene: reproach, the outraged victim pose, the eternal complaint for not knowing very well what offenses suffered.
Let’s think about it even once on the side of the Fund and the US government, and perhaps we can better understand how indisputable the contradiction is, how uncomfortable the situation our government puts them in: they receive the officials of a country that, since the second half of the fifties of the last century, has never fulfilled what he promised, has already signed almost twenty credit programs, long and short, with many and with few demands, in military, Peronist, radical or other colors, and did not meet any of them, they all ended up without reaching their objectives, so why What are they going to believe that this time could be different? Even less so when the gentlemen who now speak on behalf of the country in question tell them that the fault has always been theirs, for imposing horrible conditions on them, being that with many other countries that does not happen to them, or because they no longer need their credits or because they need them to solve more or less limited problems, not seventy years of decline, and in general they comply with what was agreed.
How then can Washington officials take these Argentine proposals? How would anyone react to a similar situation, in any business or office ?: Well, telling the “new” among them to take care of the “client” that nobody wants attend, so the others can be erased until the heavy disappears.
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The heavyweight, in this case, is not just one: it is Guzmán but it is also Alberto, and Juan Manzur, and Gustavo Béliz, and Sergio Chodos and several others that have been added to the endless list of officials who walk mendicants through the corridors of world power, representing a government that is as needy as it is insulting, and for two years now it has been dragging a “negotiation” that does not quite know how or when it wants to close.
It does not need to be said: there are many nationalist phenomena in the world that are much more virulent than the Kirchnerist. But there are hardly any that come combined with such a disoriented attitude and pitifully mendicant.
It is that combination of begging, insult and misplacement that surely leaves our interlocutors the most dislodged, and is responsible for making it increasingly difficult to achieve, no longer being taken seriously, even wanting to be close, answering the phone or, as is happening to Alberto Fernández in this his dreamed world super tour, sit down to talk beyond the strictly protocol, so that no one tells this or that that he “let us fall”, once again.
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