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    Bush quietly resumes training Latin American militaries

    Bush quietly resumes training Latin American militaries
    November 10, 2006.

    Source: USA TODAY- By Barbara Slavin

    WASHINGTON — Concern about leftist victories in Latin America has prompted President Bush to quietly grant a waiver that allows the United States to resume training militaries from 11 Latin American and Caribbean countries.

    The administration hopes the training will forge links with countries in the region and blunt a leftward trend. Daniel Ortega, a nemesis of the United States in the region during the 1980s, was elected president in Nicaragua this week. Bolivians chose another leftist, Evo Morales, last year.
    A military training ban was originally designed to pressure countries into exempting U.S. soldiers from war crimes trials.

    The 2002 U.S. law bars countries from receiving military aid and training if they refuse to promise immunity from prosecution to U.S. servicemembers who might get hauled before the International Criminal Court. The law allows presidential waivers.

    The White House lifted the ban on 21 countries, about half in Latin America or the Caribbean, through a presidential memorandum Oct. 2 to Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice. The training is conducted in the USA.

    A ban on giving countries weapons remains. Commercial arms sales are not affected, said Jose Ruiz, a U.S. Southern Command spokesman.

    The training ban had resulted in a loss of U.S. influence in the region. The issue gained urgency after a string of leftist candidates came to power in Latin America. Rice said this year on a trip to the region that the impact of the ban had been "the same as shooting ourselves in the foot."

    China stepped into the gap. Ruiz said China "has approached every country in our area of responsibility" and has exchanged senior military officials with Ecuador, Bolivia, Chile and Cuba and provided military aid and training to Jamaica and Venezuela.

    The ban remains in effect for some countries. Venezuela, whose fiery President Hugo Chávez is a critic of the Bush administration, remains ineligible because it is on a State Department list of countries alleged to have permitted the trafficking of women and children for sexual exploitation and forced labor.

    Chávez is up for re-election in December and leads in the polls. Cuba is also off-limits because of a long-standing U.S. embargo against Fidel Castro's regime.

    Ruiz said efforts are being made to transfer money this year to begin training foreign officers from eligible countries.

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    Re: Bush quietly resumes training Latin American militaries

    Well ain't that interesting.

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    Re: Bush quietly resumes training Latin American militaries

    ~sigh~ havent we learned that training foreign militaries never works for us??? how many have ended up going aagainst us once training is over???

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    Re: Bush quietly resumes training Latin American militaries

    Quote Originally Posted by TheWorker
    ~sigh~ havent we learned that training foreign militaries never works for us??? how many have ended up going aagainst us once training is over???
    True. The problem is that in the past the US Military was training Latin American Military personnel for only one propose. Not for the defense of their country from external enemies but for oppression of the citizenry. Now Bush and his cronies are using Military Aid as a vehicle to buy influence in the region that has been lost to the Communist Chinese in recent years. The introduction of US Military in the region will be used in this case as a bargaining chip. In other words if Latin American countries buy into this new deal the US Military will be a conduit to funnel money and favors to the countries elite in return for access to Military bases and resources supplied to US Corporate interests at bargain basement prices. And of course the average Joe citizen in Latin America will be screwed again. Not to mention this project will cost American Citizens billions for little or no benefit to the average American.
    Last edited by Phinnly Slash Buster; 11-13-2006 at 07:34 PM.

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    Re: Bush quietly resumes training Latin American militaries

    Maybe he will put them on the border. :D
    We best not hold our breath.

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