The Examiner | 8/10/2009 12:00:00 AM
Ongoing coverage of U.S. military bases in Colombia
Aug 10--The most recent news headlines involve Obama's denial of America's intention to create new U.S. military bases in Colombia. He called this a "myth" created by "those in the region who have been trying to play this up as part of a traditional anti-Yankee rhetoric".
So, yes, in fact, the U.S. will be operating seven new military bases in Colombia. This is such a true statement that the Colombian President Alvaro Uribe is at this time touring Latin America to reassure neighboring country's "fears" over the new bases (BBC).
Obama was referring to Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez and Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa when he said, "Those in the region who have been trying to play this up as part of a traditional anti-Yankee rhetoric." Uribe is not visiting these countries, which have expressed the greatest fear in the region over an increased U.S. presence.
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