UK Guardian: Bush Purchase of 100k Acres in Paraguay Has Country in a Spin

The U.S. media is all but silent on reports that President Bush has purchased 100,000 acres of ranchland in Paraguay. Thankfully, the Brits aren’t so timid:

Last week the Paraguayan news group Neike suggested that [Jenna] Bush was in Paraguay to “visit the land acquired by her father – relatively close to the Brazilian Pantanal [wetlands] and the Bolivian gas reserves.”

The rumours, as yet unconfirmed but which began with the state-run Cuban news agency Prensa Latina, have triggered an outpouring of conspiracy theories, with speculation rife about what President Bush’s supposed interest in the “chaco,” a semi-arid lowland in the Paraguay’s north, might be.

Some have speculated that he might be trying to wrestle control of the Guarani Aquifer, one of the largest underground water reserves, from the Paraguayans.

Rumours of Mr Bush’s supposed forays into South American real estate surfaced during a recent 10-day visit to the country by his daughter Jenna Bush. Little is known about her trip to Paraguay, although officially she travelled with the UN children’s agency Unicef to visit social projects. Photographers from the Paraguayan newspaper ABC Color tracked her down to one restaurant in Paraguay’s capital Asuncion, where she was seen flanked by 10 security guards, and was also reported to have met Paraguay’s president, Nicanor Duarte, and the US ambassador to Paraguay, James Cason. Reports in sections of the Paraguayan media suggested she was sent on a family “mission” to tie up the land purchase in the “chaco.”

Erasmo Rodriguez Acosta, the governor of the Alto Paraguay region where Mr Bush’s new acquisition supposedly lies, told one Paraguayan news agency there were indications that Mr Bush had bought land in Paso de Patria, near the border with Brazil and Bolivia. He was, however, unable to prove this, he added.

Last week the Paraguayan news group Neike suggested that Ms Bush was in Paraguay to “visit the land acquired by her father – relatively close to the Brazilian Pantanal [wetlands] and the Bolivian gas reserves.”

The US presence in Paraguay has been under scrutiny since May 2005 when the country’s Congress agreed to allow 400 American marines to operate there for 18 months in exchange for financial aid.

4 Comments

  • October 24, 2006 - 1:36 pm | Permalink

    Paraguay has a history of providing refuge for war criminals.

  • October 25, 2006 - 6:23 am | Permalink

    THEY NEED TO IMPEACH THE BASTARD AND STRIP HIM OF ALL OF HIS WEALTH THEN SEND HIM TO HIS EXILED COUNTRY AND NEVER LET HIM BACK WITH NO PRES RETIRMENT FUNDS!!!!!

  • Suzy Freesun
    October 26, 2006 - 11:57 pm | Permalink

    Comments like I have read, are far too kind.
    I know we rednecks are reckless with the language, but I think some banjo music ought to accompany any dialouge with this village idiot, and his poodle.

  • fred toogood
    November 16, 2006 - 8:23 pm | Permalink

    First, he stoled my baseball team, then the state of Texas and there he went and did up them Iraqis. I gotta ask, “Who in the hell elected him to be President?”
    Furthermore, this boy was “AWOL” when he was under federal perview. And how do you suppose you can explain that Mr. Bushes Brain?
    Well,I’m goin’ to “Swift Boat” it outta here and hope I’m not on a wiretap; HEEEHEEEEHEEHEE!!!!

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