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The Andean Crisis and the Geopolitics of Trade

US Politics & Gov't  (tags: Ecuador, U.S. imperialism, U.S. military base, U.S. death squads )

- 4130 days ago -
President Correa....expressed his suspicion that the attack formed part of a "destabilization plan" aimed at retaining the U.S. airbase in Manta, Ecuador, which he has vowed will be ousted when its current lease runs out in 2009.


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Past Member (0)
Saturday March 29, 2008, 3:34 am
"In almost every case [where the United States has fought wars] our overwhelming commitment to freedom, democracy and human rights has required us to support those regimes that would deny freedom, democracy and human rights to their own people.'
Gore Vidal

Peace Monger (185)
Saturday March 29, 2008, 7:58 am
Inexplicably ignoring international law, neither Barack Obama nor Hillary Clinton condemned the Colombian government's attack in a neighboring country. Clinton went so far as to scold Ecuador and Venezuela for "criticizing Colombia's actions in combating terrorist groups in the border region" and called for more pressure on Venezuela "to change course." By excusing the bombing in the context of Venezuela's increasing influence in the region, Clinton seems to support an ends-justifies-the-means argument that patently erodes global governance and would set the stage for more aggressive actions on all sides.

Recently, the Bush administration has used the heightened tensions in the Andes to pressure for passage of the U.S.-Colombia free trade agreement. In a speech to Hispanic business leaders, President Bush said that failing to approve the agreement soon would play into the hands of "antagonists in Latin America, who would say that ... America cannot be trusted to stand by its friend."

ummm... and who trusts America (Bu$h&Co) to stand beside them?

Penelope P (222)
Saturday March 29, 2008, 11:20 pm
Thankyou Mark noted
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