Colombia’s planning to do what Ecuador decided it wouldn’t, and allow America access to the facilities at some of its military bases. Unsurprisingly, next door in Venezuela, the plan has gone down with Hugo Chavez about as well as a dinner to celebrate the Bush presidency.
After accusations that Colombian soldiers crossed into Venezuela he said, “The threat against us is growing. I call on the people and the armed forces – let’s go, ready for combat! This is a provocation by the government of Uribe. The Yankees have started to command Colombian military forces.”
Does your country have US bases, or does it allow the US military to use your country’s? How does the arrangement work for your country, and does it bring benefits?
Or maybe your country is being considered. We have the proposed US missile defence shield in eastern Europe, speculation that AfricaCom (US Africa Command) could be moved to Africa have resurfaced with Pres Obama and Sec of State Clinton’s trips to Africa this year, and the ongoing torture allegations in the UK press involve extraordinary renditions and the role that British bases, or US bases on British soil, played.
We’re hopiong that Thomas Barnett will be a guest.