"....the litmus case for being invited (to the dinner receptions) is the organization's situation as opposed to the MAS government (Ottonote; MAS being Evo's party) etc, as well as being allies of ours. The staff member goes on to discuss the indigenous organizations that USAID programs fund and how their principal demand is to strengthen those grassroots organizations to confront MAS."
When Philip Goldberg was kicked out of Bolivia he made a heart-rending speech about being innocent of all charges of political intervention. He also pointed to his expulsion as a sign of weakness in the Morales presidency. I beg to differ; it stands to reason that Evo is stronger after saying 'bye bye Goldberg', as Goldberg's sole intention was to make him weaker while he was there. It's really simple; Goldberg got caught red-handed. He got kicked out. He then continued to lie through his teeth to the world. End of story.
Message to US Citizens: If you don't like Bolivia's politics or attitude, don't go there. That's all. What's a country of 9m people stuck in the middle of nowhere gonna do to you anyway? Threaten to destabilize democracy by halting supplies of alpaca knitwear? Just quit it one time with all these world domination plans, yeah?