A Communist Mexico?



Mexico map 2

During the Cold War, the Soviets were making some headway in swaying the Mexican government to side with them ideologically. The United States simply could not allow a Soviet client-state to take root on our southern border. Such an event was viewed as being worse than a new Cuba. A communist takeover of Mexico would be a significant drain on US resources, as we would be forced to defend the 1,989 mile US – Mexico border on an around-the-clock basis.

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Spetsnaz image

Soviet Spetsnaz (Russian Special Forces) had conducted covert operations to see how far the could travel to the US-Mexico border without being discovered. They would then presumably use these infiltration routes in case of a “hot” war between Mexico and the United States. 


In order to thwart the Soviet / communist efforts, the United States came up with a plan to use propaganda. The US would conduct a PSYOP  operation (Psychological Operations) against the potential future communist leaders.



During the Spanish domination of Mexico, millions of indigenous Mexicans (Indians) were killed off. Sometimes this is nicknamed the American Holocaust. Approximately 100 million Latin American Indians were either starved to death, worked to death in the silver mines, or were overcome by diseases brought over by the Spanish conquerors. The natives of the region came to hold a huge grudge against the Spanish that carries over even to this day (There is a difference between a Mexican and a Spaniard. This is especially prevalent in Santa Fe, New Mexico). Mexicans are thus suspicious of whites as they associate them with this mass killings, and generally poor treatment of Latin American natives under Spanish rule. Thus, the plan would exploit this strong prejudice against white “gringos.”


American Holocaust book

The plan may resemble something like the following. The US military would produce some flyers that they would anonymously mail to Mexican socialist and communist party leaders (including university radicals). These flyers would presumably cause these leaders to develop cognitive dissonanceCognitive dissonance refers to a situation involving conflicting attitudes, beliefs or behaviors. This produces a feeling of discomfort leading to an alteration in one of the attitudes, beliefs or behaviors to reduce the discomfort and thus restore balance etc. These flyers were mailed without any source information, and thus it would cause the receiver to become curious and open the package / envelope and look over the contents. The flyer would resemble the following illustration.


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The caption on the flyer would read: “Do you want to be dominated again by the white men from across the ocean?” (In Spanish it would read: ¿Quieres ser dominada de nuevo por los hombres blancos del otro lado del océano?). This flyer would gently remind the reader that allowing the Soviets to run the presumably communist-oriented government would be similar to the Spanish whites who dominated Mexico for the better part of three centuries. Let’s just say Mexicans aren’t too fond of the Spanish.
The sentiments the Mexicans felt for the Spaniards would be akin to how the Jews felt about the Nazis in 1930-40s Germany. Thus, the potential future leaders would develop cognitive dissonance; they would desire a communist government, but they would NOT favor a  government of white leaders. The desired effect was to make them question the wisdom of allowing a white government to again rule Mexico. 


Soviet coat arms

The Soviet Coat of Arms

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The “Potential” communist Mexican Flag?

Who knows how effective the plan was? But we do know that during the Cold War, the communists never took over Mexico. These types of cat-and-mouse games were ongoing during the Cold War. These covert operations were similar to the plot of the movie The Hunt for Red October. Yet US citizens were oblivious to them. PSYOPS are part of thequiet professionals.” While Americans feast on their diets of the Kardashians and Honey Boo Boo, these men are making it safe for us to sleep at night.



View some of the textbooks used in a PSYOPS course.



pete padilla

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