Kyr­gyzs­tan lat­est tar­get for mis­guided left­ist mis­rule

The Washington Times Daily - - WORLD - BY TODD WOOD L. Todd Wood is a for­mer spe­cial op­er­a­tions he­li­copter pilot and Wall Street debt trader, and has con­trib­uted to Fox Busi­ness, The Moscow Times, Na­tional Re­view, the New York Post and many other pub­li­ca­tions. He can be reached through his we

We’ve writ­ten a great deal about the long and un­happy his­tory of U.S. Am­bas­sador David Lu’s ten­ure in Al­ba­nia, where he proved to be a ma­jor cham­pion of the Ge­orge Soros/Open So­ci­ety Foun­da­tions agenda of liberal im­mi­gra­tion poli­cies, weak bor­ders, gay rights, le­gal­iza­tion of drugs, and all the other left-wing, nanny-state poli­cies — with dis­as­trous re­sults for the rule of law.

If you en­joy the lack of a func­tion­ing con­sti­tu­tional court and the prospect of oli­garchs run­ning wild with the coun­try’s bud­get, then you will love what is hap­pen­ing in Tirana. The lat­est cri­sis, where crit­ics charge the Rama gov­ern­ment is about to de­mol­ish hun­dreds of cit­i­zen’s homes with no com­pen­sa­tion, is just one more ex­am­ple of the kind of co­er­cive so­cial­ism that such an agenda breeds.

Mr. Soros and his acolytes have also long been ac­tive in the Cen­tral Asian na­tion of Kyr­gyzs­tan. The re­cent con­fir­ma­tion of Mr. Lu as U.S. am­bas­sador to Bishkek, fresh from his tour in Tirana, raises fears that yet an­other coun­try strug­gling to re­cover from the hang­over of Soviet mis­rule is about to be pre­scribed pre­cisely the wrong pol­icy medicine.

With the clo­sure of the Soros­backed Cen­tral Euro­pean Univer­sity’s pro­grams in Bu­dapest, Open So­ci­ety ad­her­ents now seem poised to turn to a sim­i­lar in­sti­tu­tion, the Amer­i­can Univer­sity of Cen­tral Asia (AUCA) in Bishkek, as a re­place­ment. There has long been con­cern over the agenda be­hind this in­sti­tu­tion and whether it would be­come an­other fac­tory for liberal NGO em­ploy­ees, look­ing to in­stall a mis­guided, “glob­al­ist” regime. Now it seems that that fear is be­com­ing a re­al­ity.

We re­cently met with a se­nior U.S. gov­ern­ment source who con­firmed that Mr. Lu has pri­vately said that is pre­cisely the plan. Mr. Lu ap­par­ently in­tends to re­di­rect U.S. aid money in Kyr­gyzs­tan away from coun­tert­er­ror­ism and to­ward build­ing civil so­ci­ety, free me­dia, demo­cratic mo­bi­liza­tion, and rule-of-law projects — code words for the kind of gov­ern­ment and NGO net­work Mr. Soros has long pro­moted.

The Kyr­gyz univer­sity will be an in-coun­try bas­tion of po­lit­i­cal cor­rect­ness, bent on bring­ing down any gov­ern­ment it doesn’t like and in­stalling one it can control. If you want to un­der­stand the headache that brings, just ask Hun­gar­ian Prime Minister Vik­tor Or­ban.

The long-term goal is to turn Kyr­gyzs­tan into an­other nir­vana where West­ern liberal armies can run amok, un­der­min­ing both Kyr­gyz cul­ture and Kyr­gyz se­cu­rity, as hap­pened across West­ern Europe, by pro­mot­ing open bor­ders, in­creas­ing gov­ern­ment control and a si­lenc­ing of any voices that chal­lenge po­lit­i­cally cor­rect causes.

AUCA has closely hewed to the CEU model. The Soros or­ga­ni­za­tion do­nates the seed money to es­tab­lish and fi­nance the school, then the U.S. gov­ern­ment picks up the rest of the tab through USAID fund­ing. Since the State Depart­ment and other gov­ern­ment bu­reau­cra­cies are heav­ily in­vested in the same agenda — and deeply skep­ti­cal of Pres­i­dent Trump’s “Amer­ica first” for­eign pol­icy — it is no prob­lem for the fund­ing to be pushed through. The univer­sity then pro­duces le­gions of “right-think­ing” grad­u­ates, who get jobs in pri­vate aid and ad­vo­cacy groups or in key U.S. gov­ern­ment posts. The cy­cle re­peats it­self over and over again.

U.S. aid dol­lars are sup­posed to be spent in sup­port of Amer­i­can for­eign pol­icy. But par­tic­u­larly since the Amer­i­can peo­ple elected Don­ald Trump, that has def­i­nitely not been the case.

Why is this hap­pen­ing? Con­ser­va­tives and just plain in­ter­ested Amer­i­cans would love to know. The co-opt­ing of Amer­i­can gov­ern­ment agen­cies by pri­vate cit­i­zens and or­ga­ni­za­tions with their own (liberal) agenda is a mas­sive prob­lem that the ad­min­is­tra­tion and Congress need to ad­dress.

The ap­point­ment of a Ge­orge Soros acolyte like Mr. Lu to a vul­ner­a­ble Cen­tral Asian na­tion is sim­ply hard to un­der­stand. The peo­ple charged with im­ple­ment­ing our for­eign pol­icy should not be cheer­lead­ers for one of the most de­struc­tive forces in the world to­day — the Soros brand and agenda.

It’s time for the Trump ad­min­is­tra­tion to step up its game in get­ting its own peo­ple — and its own poli­cies — in place in crit­i­cal em­bassies around the world.

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