Oct 21, 2020 Letters
Kaieteur News – I observe United States Ambassador to Guyana, Her Excellency, Ms. Sarah Ann Lynch, and I behold a peerless producer. No! I do not mean that she works for ExxonMobil or MGM. Her Excellency has been the epitome of American resourcefulness, ingenuity, and can-do attitude. Man, does she speak softly, walk stealthily, and carry a big stick! It is what US used to beat Guyanese leaders into abject submission.
Her Majesty, this uncrowned Queen of Guyana (pardon me), Her Excellency, has done her job so well that I foresee her rising to the level of Assistant Secretary for Hemispheric Affairs, where she can watch over her Guyanese handiwork. It has been grand American work that supersedes the Monroe Doctrine, which Ambassador Lynch just took to new summits by her singular deeds. She has done so well that American Foreign Policy in this region should be renamed the Lynch Legacy; she could be running mate for candidate Pompeo.
I am serious. I detect in the irrepressible Ms. Lynch a force that just cannot be denied. At least, not by the Lilliputians Guyana has for leaders. She took over GECOM, became the walking embodiment of Guyana’s Constitution, made the Coalition eat crow, and have PPP leaders eating out of her hands, while lining up to worship at her throne. It must be a sight for sore American psyches to watch diehard communists crumble, sell out Cheddi Jagan and kowtow before the American business express that rolled over Guyana. Vladimir cannot be amused.
This American superstar is like some god (well almost) in that she speaks, and doors open automatically in Guyana. The international airports lift barriers, roll out red carpets to greet those bringing US$200B gifts with customary Guyanese hospitality, those highflying American eagles that touched down on this once disdained wilderness. In the American Deep South, they would be cursed as carpetbaggers. A government man of god (so he says) rushed to welcome bigger gods in acknowledgement of their place in the great Guyanese oil firmament. I get a sense of how the Saudis felt a hundred years ago, how the Kazaks and Uzbeks and Cossacks were awed by the grand American entrances in the 1990s. It is nice to be near to history.
In all this, I laud the work of Ambassador Lynch, who should-and would-be rewarded with Guyana’s highest honours when she departs. From the opposition’s perspective, it can’t be soon enough. Talk about sour grapes, spoilsports and grumpy old men…! Oh well, but all is well that ends well. And for that, I thank the goodly American Ambassador for showing to untutored Guyanese natives the hallmarks of democracy. Like how to count (elections), what to disclose (Payara and such), who to do business with (Exxon), who to give up (Venezuela), who to neutralize (the Chinese).
Who said the American Century was dead? That it is a has-been, a faded force? I wonder how PPP leaders are going to pacify their chief commissar Comrade Putin with all of this. And while on this wondering trip, I return to my favourite people, who are Americans, of course. Up until recently, anti-money laundering and narco-trafficking were all the rage, I wonder where those fit into the new pictures and new visions of new governance. I wonder since, as the erudite Ambassador and her people know very well, some of the major elections season money men for the ruling PPP (and the PNC-led coalition) feature prominently on their watch lists and interdiction plans. As we pursue democracy and transparency here, I respectfully remind Her Excellency that the American people must not be made to suffer. She knows who and what I mean.
The U.S. had given Noriega a pass for a long time, perhaps something similar could be worked out with PPP leaders and contributors, so that everybody is happy, no relationships menaced. For all these attributes, attitudes, and actions-expressions of American power-Guyana owes a debt of gratitude to Ambassador Sarah Ann Lynch. Well done, Ma’am. My closing thought is how do I feature in this? I could end up like the Shah of Iran…. Not to worry, the big man up there is in charge of me.
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