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Cozying up to Colombia

Aug 24--If you doubt politics makes strange bedfellows, all you need to do is peek beneath the sheets at the United States and Colombia.

Just few short years ago, Americans looked at Colombia as the headwaters of evil. That was the country killing American youths with drugs. It was home to ugly cartels and Communist sympathizers.

Now, the two countries are bosom buddies. In fact, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton has been spending a lot of time trying to reassure other Latin American nations that a pending agreement that allows American forces greater access to Colombian military facilities is not a ploy to take over the continent. It's just an agreement between friends.

To quote an old sportswriter, Colombia and the United States today are as close as twin sisters.
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