After so many endless dirty interventions in Latin America for decades, it should not surprise us at all. Yet, it would be worth to see how the US empire launched another operation in the last two decades to wipe out every Leftist government in Latin America.
Mark Weisbrot spoke with Sharmini Peries of the Real News and gave further details on this subject. We focused on some interesting details concerning the US role in the constitutional coup against Dilma Rousseff in Brazil:
Thomas Shannon [Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs from 2016 to 2018] met with the leader of the coup effort - the parliamentary coup in Brazil in 2016 - when the leader of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee in Brazil, Aloysio Nunes, came to the US just a day after the vote to impeach Dilma [Rousseff] took place in the House, and met with Shannon.
So, that was a signal to everyone in Brazil that the US was behind this coup.
There was another show of support when John Kerry went down to Brazil on August 5th of the same year and he held a joint press conference with the acting Foreign Minister, Jose Serra, and they talked about how great their relationship was going to be going forward. And Dilma wasn’t even removed from office yet, the Senate hadn’t voted yet to remove her from office. So, that was another signal of support.
The Department of Justice was involved in the big corruption investigation there. And so, we don’t know what they did, how it is that they managed to get Lula [da Silva] put in jail while the banks (who most of laundered the billions of dollars of corruption), there were no banks or financial institutions implicated in this whole investigation.
And of course, most Brazilians think that the Department of Justice intervention in the investigation was probably political and they have good reason to believe that.
In an ongoing operation, the US imperialist hawks seek to wipe out the last Leftist governments in Latin America