Guatemalans Need Not Fear the US Paper Tiger

State Department Posturing Will Not Lead to Trade Sanctions

Guatemalans need not fear the US paper tiger. If Guatemalans apply their laws, they will annul the June 25 election.

If Guatemalans apply their laws, they will annul the June 25 election. (Flickr)

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The Joe Biden regime and the State Department (DOS) have directed electoral fraud to have communist puppet Bernardo Arévalo declared president-elect of Guatemala. On December 8 the Prosecutor General’s Office (PGO) published the findings—which show fraud—of its investigations of 1,000 complaints.

If Guatemalans apply their laws, they will annul the June 25 election. The new Congress will then name a president and vice president to serve until a new election is concluded.

Since the PGO release, DOS has heightened its aggression toward Guatemala to assure Arévalo is inaugurated on January 14—the law be damned. DOS is attempting to intimidate and deceive Guatemalans into believing the United States will apply stronger punishment if Arévalo is not inaugurated.

So far, DOS’s main weapon has been visa revocations, but now many Guatemalans fear trade sanctions. Without explicitly specifying this, DOS is fomenting the ruse. Trade sanctions would be a lose-lose, undermining trade opportunities and generating scrutiny and disapproval of DOS.

Wittingly or not, the House Foreign Affairs Committee (HFAC) has supported DOS crimes against Guatemala. Attempting to punish Guatemala for legally denying Arévalo the presidency would provoke House leadership to remedy HFAC’s shirking of its duty.

Guatemala’s resistance has punctured the deep-state wall protecting DOS from Congress and the public. Revealing egregious DOS criminality in Guatemala would unleash a chain of events that could expose the US foreign-policy establishment’s nefarious history and cripple its hegemony.

Ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, James Risch (R-ID), has already noted that “Biden sanctioned 300 Guatemalan officials in one day, but in three years has not sanctioned any individual in the criminal Maduro regime … Biden’s priorities undermine America’s security and democratic partners.” The flagrant discrepancy shows how DOS and the Biden regime are desperate to hide their crimes and to resume their socialist conquest of Guatemala.

DOS has revoked the visas of the 108 members of Guatemala’s Congress who voted to lift immunity from four electoral authority (TSE) magistrates on November 30. The magistrates are now subject to investigation. National auditors had accused the magistrates of embezzlement. The Biden regime now officially stands for embezzlement and electoral fraud. Getting Arévalo inaugurated apparently justifies criminal means.

DOS also revoked visas of columnists and businessmen who were not even politically engaged, but remaining neutral is not enough for the Biden regime. A businessman must either bow to DOS or go unnoticed to still have a US visa. To demonstrate its bad faith and punitive, collectivist, and antidemocratic nature, DOS also revoked the visas of its targets’ wives.

Under Secretary of State Brian Nichols visited Guatemala in October. He met with business leaders to threaten consequences if the PGO’s investigations continued. US embassy Deputy Chief of Mission Patrick Ventrell has also been meeting with private-sector leaders to bully them into not supporting advocates for electoral scrutiny.

Former US Ambassador to Germany and Acting Director of National Intelligence Rick Grenell has criticized this: “Ventrell has even threatened the Constitutional Court [CC] magistrates, Congressmen, and private-sector leaders [that] if they don’t support/rule to protect the progressive president-elect they will face ‘extreme measures’ … Congress should call Ventrell to testify under oath about his role. This is shameful.”

The day after the DOS mass US visa revocations, Guatemala’s President Alejandro Giammattei said he rejected “emphatically the intimidation that seeks to frighten Guatemalans … I ask congressmen from the House and the Senate to exercise their oversight duties by calling on the US State Department to explain its actions towards Guatemala.”

The TSE is obligated to react to the PGO’s December 8 report, to either annul the election or confirm its validity. However, since the four TSE magistrates fled Guatemala the day Congress lifted their immunity, the TSE has been unable to function for lack of quorum.

DOS wants neither the replacement of TSE magistrates nor the CC to rule on the election before January 14. DOS knows the overwhelming evidence of fraud demands annulment. The CC and Congress can avoid DOS wrath by dragging their feet, as they are now, until January 14. Such dereliction of duty will fit DOS’s plan to circumvent the law to get Arévalo inaugurated.

Considering the public evidence of fraud, there is no way to justify an Arévalo presidency. It would let the authors and beneficiaries of crimes reap their rewards, violating a centuries-old precept of common law.

If the Biden regime’s puppet were to become president, DOS enforcers would be able to commit further crimes to keep him illegally at the helm of an anti-US dictatorship.

Guatemala’s law, sovereignty, and constitutional transition of power require its Congress and CC to comply with their duties and immediately provide a functioning TSE. The CC can then rule on annulling or confirming the election before January 14.

US national security demands a congressional investigation into the Biden regime’s weaponization against Guatemala. The investigation would educate the public and begin the process of stopping the federal bureaucracy from being an unelected and unaccountable fourth branch of government.

Read the original on BizPac Review.

This article reflects the views of the author and not necessarily the views of the Impunity Observer.

Steven Hecht

Editor at Large Steve Hecht is a businessman, writer, and film producer, born and raised in New York. He has lived and worked in Guatemala since 1972. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and a Master of Business Administration in Banking and Finance, both from Columbia University. He has worked on development projects in Guatemala to help the country leave its underdeveloped state and reach its great potential. Realizing the misconceptions prevalent about Guatemala and Latin America in the outside world, he has written for the Washington Times, Daily Caller, Fox News, Epoch Times, BizPac Review, Washington Examiner, Frontpage Mag, New English Review, PanAm Post, and PJ Media. He has appeared as a guest on national American media networks and programs, including the One America News, Newsmax, and The Lars Larson Show. Steve’s reporting has included meeting with coyotes, the human smugglers who have ferried millions of illegal immigrants into the United States via Guatemala’s 595-mile border with Mexico.

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