Latin Leaders Unhappy With U.S. Move Into Colombia
Posted on Aug 10, 2009
The U.S. plans to move its anti-drug operations from Ecuador to Colombia, which is just a little too close for Hugo Chavez, who said “the winds of war were beginning to blow.” Luis Inacio Lula da Silva added, “As president of Brazil, this climate of unease disturbs me.”
South American leaders at a regional summit have expressed fresh concerns over Colombian plans to grant American troops access to its military bases.
But at the gathering in Ecuador, they rejected a proposal to formally condemn the proposals, which would allow US access up to seven Colombian bases.
USAF / Tech Sgt. Jerry Morrison
Colombian army special forces enter Tolemaida Air Base, Colombia, during a technical demonstration for U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates and Colombian Minister of Defense Dr. Juan Manuel Santos.