Up to February 2002, Guiacaipuro Lameda was one of the managing stars of the Chavez administration. Named by Chavez from day one to Office of the Budget, Lameda projected both an image of being efficient and caring. Despite standing up to Chavez a few times, even in public, like in that memorable occasion when he told Chavez there was no money to do what he had just announced (To which Chavez replied: :”Then find it”), Lameda became the first military officer to become President of PDVSA in its history. He was sent there by Chavez, “to clean it up, make it work for the country, for the people, break the cliques”.
In Lameda’s own words, he found a PDVSA much different place that he had envisioned, people worked hard, were loyal to the company and he found no evidence of corruption. In the end, he became more PDVSAn than the PDVSos, defining a set of goals and values for the company and becoming in the end, stronly identified with the PDVSA culture. Thus, Chavez fired him in February 2002, another victim of the Chavez praying mantis effect and replaced him with the same man that Chavez is now naming to the Presidency of the Venezuelan Central Bank, Gaston Parra Luzardo. That nomination sparked the crisis that led to the April 2002 crisis.
In today’s El Universal, Lameda wrote this article called “The revolution is Politics” which speaks for itself.:
The Revolution is Politics by Guicaipuro Lameda
There is no doubt that the Bolivarian Revolution, that has already been installed in Venezuela for six years has been up to now pure politics
At one time, when I worked for the government in the position of Head of the Central Budget Office, I remember having worked very hard to contribute so that the socioeconomic theme would be made the motor of the Government’s agenda.
Unfortunately, because I did not know nor understand the true dynamics of the “revolutionary process” my efforts were in vain and much like a reporter entitled it once, I was in a war “alone and without ammunition”. The true motor of the Government’s agenda is only politics; the rest is simply excuses and complements.
The project or process uses the precarious conditions in which a majority of the population lives, to maintain a permanent conflict with everything that represents “the past” while that conflict is exploited to generate a profound political change.
That is why Hugo Chávez has insisted so many times, in that the important thing is politics, his revolutionary scheme is that, first and at whatever the cost, to change the political order in a radical way to later take care of the social and the economic, if it is at all possible.
That is why it should not surprise anyone what is happening surrounding the Rodrigo Granda case and although it seems absurd, illogical and irrational, it is perfectly coherent with the revolutionary strategy to restore in Venezuela the hegemonic control of power on the part of the old fashioned left, that would also prefer his “ideological” colleagues in the exercise of government in Colombia. Therefore, the revolution constructs its ideal scenario, now the United States is not supporting Colombia so that they fight drug trafficking, terrorism or the armed insurgency against a democratic regime. The message that is constructed for the audience loyal to the revolution is another one. It is to make it look as if the USA-Colombia relation comprises of the “imperialistic strategy of Washington to restrain South American integration” and in the meantime the reason to strike against the government of Uribe, even if it damages commercial relations, has been declared formally: first, they are a friend of its enemy: The United States, and second, they are the enemy of his friend: the Colombian guerrilla, that one which is recognized as having the belligerence and disposition to impose the old fashioned left as the regime of government in Colombia.
Under this circumstance, the governments of Colombia and the United States must value, with objective coldness, the true dimension of the provocations that every day Hugo Chávez places, because they are only oriented to generate a conflict, by means of asymmetric threats, to capitalize in his purpose of propagating the blossoming of the radical left in the American continent as a mechanism of protection for his own unbridled political ambition.