Base Deal Rocks U.S.-Latin Relations
Posted on Aug 27, 2009
The U.S. reputation in Latin America continues to be soiled as a plan between the U.S. and Colombia to increase American access to Colombian military bases has erupted in a firestorm of Latin anger against the deal as a form of military imperialist expansion.
South American leaders are due to square off tomorrow over a plan to increase US access to military bases in Colombia, a deal that has damaged Barack Obama’s attempt to mend relations with the region.
A diplomatic firestorm has been ignited, with a summit in Argentina pitting Colombia—which has sought closer co-operation with Washington—against its neighbours who fear the US presence will threaten leftist governments.
Venezuela’s president, Hugo Chávez, has led the denunciations, claiming US imperialist aggression was blowing “winds of war”. He has vowed to buy extra Russian tanks to defend his socialist revolution and told his cabinet to prepare for ruptured relations with Bogotá.