Via Otto @ IKN, Council on Hemispheric Affairs:- Unsettling Revelations Regarding U.S. Lease of Colombian Military Bases
It emphasizes the “opportunity for conducting full spectrum operations throughout South America” against threats not only from drug trafficking and guerrilla movements, but also from “anti-U.S. governments” in the region.
…Palanquero is already Colombia’s largest military base and one of the most advanced in Latin America. Leasing this Colombian facility would provide the U.S. Air Force with “access to the entire continent.” According to the budget justification, the planned structural and operational improvements are intended to “leverage existing infrastructure to the maximum extent possible, improve the U.S. ability to respond rapidly to crisis, and assure regional access and presence at minimum cost.” The upgrade is also intended to “increase [the U.S. Air Force’s] capability to conduct Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR).” Within this budget justification, stated interests in counternarcotic and counterinsurgency operations within Colombia are sidelined in favor of promoting strategic military and security throughout the hemisphere.
The Change and Hope of the Empire is to reverse the Bush regimes lacklustre attention deficit on Latin America and a return to…well let’s just say senior Democrats are probably making sure torture equipment is fully represented in their stock portfolios, after all the Attorney General when a highly paid corporate lawyer chose to represent Chiquita to reduce its exposure to punishment from guilt for involvement with terrorism is now overseeing the trial Inquisition of a man water boarded 183 times. And that’s domestically so once out of the glare of domestic media and voters, SOA/WHINSEC graduates will ensure Uribe clings on to power and offers other lucky countries the chance to also enjoy a return to death squads and torture dungeons or as Wall Street will term it- investment opportunities!