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Posted on Oct 30, 2009
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Even moderate Latin leaders have complained about American use of military bases in Colombia.

Despite protests by many Latin countries, the Obama administration and Colombia have signed a deal that gives the U.S. military access to seven Colombian bases. The U.S. and Colombia say the pact is aimed at countering drug trafficking, but some of Colombia’s neighbors see it as American interventionism.

The BBC:

The United States and Colombia have signed a deal giving the US military access to seven Colombian bases.

Both the US and Colombia have previously stressed their aim is to use the bases to combat drug trafficking and rebels.

The prospect of the deal had caused alarm among some of Colombia’s neighbours, who object to an increased US military presence.

Brazil, Bolivia, Ecuador and Venezuela have all recently expressed concern.

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By gerard, October 31, 2009 at 9:36 am Link to this comment

Hey!  If we think of Central and South America as our “backyard” do we think of ourselves as their “frontyard”?  Consider the implications: Frontyards are kept spiffy; but backyards are where you throw your trash etc. etc. Plus if you “camp out” there, it means you own them, which is another slur.  Our language betrays us.  Full of imperial overtones and we don’t even think about it.

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By Jim Yell, October 31, 2009 at 7:44 am Link to this comment
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We never learn. We are stalled in Afganistan, stalled in Iraq and now apparently our supposed sane President is going to get us embroiled in Latin America. Gee and I thought Bush was bad.

The extravagant amounts of money wasted in military adventures would pay for National Health Insurance. Can’t close down fake defense spending,why not turn the effort to building a modern rail system, refuse to allow anymore new highways or additonal lanes. Get in Grid Lock people would turn to public transportation. Forget about trying to control the source put the troops on controlling the borders. Let the middles east kill each other without our help.

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By johannes, October 31, 2009 at 3:28 am Link to this comment

As one of your fames singers song go’s, how do we geth a live out of this live.

Who do govern us, its real satanic people, this pseudo beliefers in what they say, are killing the whole planet, and we are standing by and leth it happen.

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By bogi666, October 30, 2009 at 4:31 pm Link to this comment

The cocoa production in Ecuador or Bolivia, I can’t remember which,rose by 5% last year and is accused by the USG for not cooperating in the drug war. The country of concern gets no USG aid. Columbia’s cocoa productions increased 20% and it receives $1,000,000,000’s in USG aid and is praised for its cooperation in the “drug war”. In a sense this is right as they are raising production and getting paid for doing so by the U.S. taxpayers for their successful production increase. No one in the government defines the platitudes which they recite and the public doesn’t bother to.

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By Xntrk, October 30, 2009 at 2:50 pm Link to this comment

Anyone who believes in the good intentions of the US in Latin America, must be in the last stages of Alzheimers. And, the BBC is mistaken - All the nations in UNASUR [excludes the Caribbean Nations, and the Central American Countries] as well as the members of ALBA [it does include some of Central America and the Caribbean], except for Peru which is a member of UNASUR signed a statement objecting to the proposal. Peru abstained, and asked for more time to consider the issue. Columbia didn’t attend that meeting of UNASUR.

BBC would be more honest to say that most, if not all of the countries in Latin America object. I believe the OAS has also voted against it.

Of course expecting honesty from the Media is similar to expecting the US not to try to destabilize any country it disagrees with.

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