Two years after the beginning of the presidential term of Andrés Manuel López Obrador, many economic, political and social actions have left their mark on the country. From the decisions supports certain priority groups for their administration, up to one republican austerity rather criticized from within the institutions.
However, one of the most controversial situations that lit up the red flags of experts and citizens was changing perspective with soldiers, sector which it became his muscular arm, their support, in addition to being those he applauds him more at the end of speeches, as happened in the report for the second year of government.
“What did the president do? Rest in the army is what he criticizes so much. And why the army? Why they are professionals who help you from building a road to articulating the national guard. This is a president who, while not encouraging the development of a modern public administration that is not interested in doing so, he wants the army to support him“, Leonardo Curzio underlined in an interview for Infobae México.
For the political analyst, Lopez Obrador found, when taking over the country in July 2018, that the only strong administrative element of the federal government is the army, good “the rest of the secretariats are rather guangas, without any efficient structure ”.
At the beginning of his term, he demanded that the army not take care of him, because he didn’t trust them. However, with the passage of time, it turned 180 degrees with the advantages that the president noticed in blind obedience that the army had offered it to him: from the distribution of vaccines to the construction of airports and highways, through the fight against drug trafficking.
“If the president needs a body to deal with organized crime, they tell him, “President, we have put the National Guard here and we are meeting‘. He therefore saw this as a huge element of support for his government. Perfect match to your personality, He doesn’t like arguing with him or being argued, don’t even tell him that, the army says “yes sir, whatever you say, you are the supreme commander”“Curzio said.
Faced with this change in thinking, the chronicler mentioned this as well the administration’s bet on the fourth transformation (Q4) is that the police command is military, such that there is a great possibility that the country will be militarized in the coming years requested from the highest part of the current government.
“I guess this country should thank the armed forces for everything they do. The only thing you need to check is whether we are developing capacity, a technical team that can vaccinate and build airports and roads, or this country will militarize and the next president will be general because they are the only ones working and this is the product of a political pact that exists today.“
The new face he showed to the army members as well had interference in the trial of General Salvador Cienfuegos, who has been charged with several drug trafficking offenses, but who weeks later he was exonerated and returned to Mexico without charge, much less with an investigation against him in the country. López Obrador played a key role in this fact, because he decided not to attack one of the main contemporary figures of the army.
“I realized that he could not go against an emblematic figure of the army, such as General Cienfuegos. He is a man of enormous prestige, trained a large number of active soldiers and therefore to attack it meant, to a large extent, to attack everyone. He realized very quickly, corrected, said that there is no more troubleshooting and played a decisive and important role, much of the political capital to ensure that the general returned.“
This posture will achieve this there is no retaliation against Cienfuegos, which, in Curzio’s words, “he will rest or be quiet at home“, As there were no previous elements in the accusations brought against the former head of the Ministry of National Defense, not even when drafting the National Security Law again.
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