Gustavo Petro: One hundred days of populism, search for a Nobel peace prize and ignorance of his cabinet

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The first days of the Petro government have passed in a sea of ​​uncertainty, inflation, capital flight, depreciation of the Colombian peso, increase in urban insecurity and rural areas, populism inside and outside the country, blunders by its ministers, and the dissatisfaction of millions of Colombians


Luis Alberto Villamarín

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Gustavo Petro: One Hundred Days of Populism, Search for a Nobel Peace Prize and Ignorance of His Cabinet

Colombian President Gustavo Petro, gestures during the inauguration ceremony at Plaza Bolivar, in Bogota, Colombia, August 7, 2022. REUTERS/Luisa González

It was Gustavo Petro's turnto be qualified from the symbolic number of the first days of his administration. Unfortunately for Colombia, there is nothing positive to highlight so far in his mandate.

The time elapsed from the day of the presidential inauguration of Petro until today gravitates over a sea of ​​uncertainty, inflation, capital flight, depreciation of the Colombian peso, increase in urban and rural insecurity, populism inside and outside the country, blunders of his ministers, and the dissatisfaction of millions of Colombians materialized in three gigantic popular demonstrations against him.

The general feeling is that everything is going wrong for the political and economic prospecting of the country; especially that according to a survey carried out by the economic newspaper La República among 500 Colombian businessmen, the evaluation was drastic. Only the Minister of Finance went from 3.0, but it did not even reach 3.5, the other ministers obtained marks lower than 2.0, and among them, eight with less than 1.9

The worst qualification was for the Minister of Mines, Irene Vélez, who, in addition to manifest ignorance in the management and trends of the important portfolio  under her direction, she shows very little professional suitability to be a minister in any field, or to be in tune with international trends in this line of the local, regional and global economy.

In interaction with multilateral organizations and specific summits on issues of global geopolitical significance, Petro has skated as a populist, opportunist and attached to an ideological bias, as if he were still the former communist guerrilla of his youth. With his false exits, he sometimes gives the feeling that he lacked more prison time to have resocialized.

His first mistake was to withdraw Colombia from a vote at the OAS against the constant violations of human rights by the Sandinista dictatorship against the Nicaraguan people. Then, he went to the annual meeting of leaders at the UN and, instead of using the stage to attract international investment that results in development, he dedicated himself to ranting about the rich countries and leaving the feeling that he was not representing Colombia in the UN, but to the drug cartels, in order to legitimize them worldwide.

To finish off, at the recent COP27 Summit in Egypt, before an incredulous audience worried about the serious world economic situation and the hydrocarbons crisis tied to the war that generated the Russian invasion of Ukraine, Petro expressed unfocused ideas that seemed to have been said by his poorly qualified and unsuitable Minister of Mines.

Petro has always expressed feelings of ideological animosity of a Marxist-Leninist tingeagainst the military and police institutions, private companies and a manifest desire to disregard the equality and independence of the three branches of public power. Although, from the outside, he claims to be a democrat convinced of equality and freedoms; In essence, he is a potential autocrat who, in the style of his peers around the world, engages in populism to consolidate and screw himself to power.

Measures such as dismantling the high command military and police, promise all soldiers to be generals, offer public office to people with a terrorist background, call political prisoners the front line vandals who have destroyed cities in protests similar to the Marxist ideology of Petro, “dialogue” with all kinds of criminals to make “total peace”, seeking to establish a constituent assembly that will perpetuate him in power, are not only political nonsense, but also become arguments to generate irrational hatred and a resurrection of violence that has not yet been overcome, particularly due to conflicts around drug trafficking , illegal mining or possession of land, of such incidence in recent and protracted conflicts in the country.

In summary, One hundred days of misrule by Petro and his unprepared team leave uncertainty, disappointment, economic contraction, distrust in the future of the country, increased social conflict and a sensation of megalomania in a president who acts clinging to ideological ghosts of the past, whose decisions&nbsp ; they create unfortunate but foreseeable regional scenarios of violence not yet overcome.

For now, nothing positive to highlight from the first hundred days of Petro's misrule. Only populism, the search for a Nobel Peace Prize and ignorance of his cabinet.

* Luis Alberto Villamarin Pulido . Lieutenant colonel of the active reserve of the Army; author of 40 books on geopolitics, strategy and national defense