You can see how biased the commercial media is by the headline on the article linked above — “90% of Latin Americans Support Presence of Military” — if you then read the third paragraph of the story and see that the number is really 85%.
As someone who has spent more than half his life in the United States, this 85% is just amazingly, happily low. It’s also amusingly high considering that just half that many Latin Americans trust their military — I guess about 42% support the existence of non-trustworthy institutions.
Of course, the pro-military folks might freak out — how will Bolivia, for example, ever recapture access to the sea without its looming military threat against Chile? How will Venezuela reassert dominion over the Esequiba jungles of Guyana? How will Colombia and Nicaragua determine who really controls a few lost rocks in the Caribbean? Oh wait, I guess presidents will have to sit down and chat or go to international court, figure out how to control borders while allowing the neighbor access to the necesities of life and offering a face-saving compromise OH SHUT UP YOU BORE. WAR IS MUCH BETTER.
On a more serious note — It’s interesting and distressing that in Paraguay, Ecuador and Honduras between 30% and 40% of the population think a military coup is possible. The countries where fewest people think that’s likely are Chile (interesting, given the size and power of the military) and Costa Rica (not so surprising, since, you know, it has no military.)