US base in Ecuador gets last chief before close

Aug 21, 2008 | Posted by: roboblogger | Full story: International Herald Tribune

QUITO, Ecuador : A U.S. Air Force officer is assuming his post as the last chief of a drug-interdiction air base in Ecuador before its lease runs out next year.

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seancito

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Aug 23, 2008
 

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May he leave quickly. Drug interdiction, my ass, the market for drugs is the United States. If that eveil country would spend as much on helping its citizens get off and stay off drugs, the world would be a better off. Your addiction is your problem, not ours.
Tooltime

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seancito wrote:
May he leave quickly. Drug interdiction, my ass, the market for drugs is the United States. If that eveil country would spend as much on helping its citizens get off and stay off drugs, the world would be a better off. Your addiction is your problem, not ours.
Hopefully, they leave soon. And stop giving any funding or money or food or help to a country of animals who do not deserve it. First they should stop importing any floras, bannanas and wood, and then maybe stop all travel to this 3rd world country. That way maybe some of the animals who snuck into the US will go back to there places of origin to be with there piss poor families. Oh wait they are here for WORK. Why, because there shitty economy won't support them! Tis way they can bring ours down. Little countries like this don't deserve to even exsist. Hopefully, Columbia or Venezuela will invade down the line. Then they will say help USA we made a mistake with President Diaherea. See you in the barrio, NOT!!!

Don't bash a country until you look in the mirror loser
jirehs1

Crestview, FL

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Aug 24, 2008
 
Hasta la vista Ecuador. Call us when you need us. Because you will need U.S. Es verdad.
Ecuatoriano Feliz

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Aug 24, 2008
 
Tooltime don't get confused on what one person says my country is not third world and yes our economy is failing, but your taking it to far by saying that all Ecuadorians smuggle into the U.S. My country is still a developing country and we have had many bad presidents. The reason many of us migrate to the U.S. is because in my country college graduates and people with diploma make little money. Oh and Ecuador's army is twice as strong as Colombia's thats why Farc aint in our contry and Venezuela would not attack Ecuador because Venezuela is Ecuador's biggest allie and both presidents are best frineds so go to hell you redneck
Tooltime

Moriches, NY

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Aug 24, 2008
 
Well, like i said your crappy country fails you people time and time again. Just like President Diareha who claims to be doing a revolution to save the land. Well, since coming to office atleast gays and women have rights of sex and marriage. Oh, raised taxes and continue to slowly take the rights of people away. All your education and you people still elect morons, Presidents! Next time vote NOBAR! FARC aint there anymore thanks to Colombia's swift actions as far as Chavez, lay with dogs and eventually you will get fleas. Ecuador would be schooled by Colombia just like Peru did. Oh, BTW serrano I am not a redneck. So my point is on the money as usual LOSE!!
Tooltime

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Aug 24, 2008
 
seancito wrote:
May he leave quickly. Drug interdiction, my ass, the market for drugs is the United States. If that eveil country would spend as much on helping its citizens get off and stay off drugs, the world would be a better off. Your addiction is your problem, not ours.
My Uncle Galo Mino Jarrin would not agree with you, but unfortunately his was murdered buy drug deal thugs in 86
Jirehs1

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Aug 25, 2008
 
A todos mis amigos, the conversations between us are always good and informative. Just please remember, such conversations aren't normally allowed in countries with dictatorships. Here en la Tierra de los Gringos we can say whatever we like. As for Ecuatoriano Feliz, he is right: Ecuador is a developing country with much potential. But the first thing it must invest in must be good politicians who stress safety for their people, education for the young ones, good employent for adults and good health care for los viejos. Tooltime, I am sorry to hear about su Tio. Es verdad.
Gary

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Sep 5, 2008
 
It seems illegals burden all countries.

Sadly, those in USA have a short memory and don't realize their ancestors came to USA mainly to get a job.

Nothing new...

I detest those that hire illegals, but feel most illegals just want a job.
Gary

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Sep 5, 2008
 
Ecuador won't miss the US military base much, but the locals and expats living near by will.

I personally thought it was humorous that the president asked for an "Ecuadorian Military base in Miami, Florida"!

It really goes both ways eh...

btw, kindly remember without a strong military, Ecuador could simply be an easy touch for foreign intervention, remember Boliva "used" to have a seaport!
kethrick

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Sep 9, 2008
 
Hey read a book, like the bible, love ALL not just the usa. ignorance is worthless.
First Sergeant

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Sep 10, 2008
 
Well I'm really sorry to see this happen - I enjoyed my 15 month tour at Manta very much! The land culture and especially the people will always be a highlight of my career. And after living all around the world, Ecuador remains one of my favorite vacation choices. I wish all the Ecuadorians, especially those in Manabi province, well.
jirehs1

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Sep 15, 2008
 
hey amigos en ecuador, we gringos just had a devastating hurricane here in tejas. when will you send the kind of help and assistance which we terrible gringos regularly send to places like ecuador, honduras, indonesia, etc etc? please have your presidente correa send about $70 million (the same as we invested in your airport at manta) worth of aid our way as soon as he is finished taking his cut. es verdad.
Bravo

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Sep 18, 2008
 
hahaha La ayuda ya fue ofrecida a ustedes gringitos, pero la arrogancia de su gobierno no quiere acepetar .....so with you guys.
Jen

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I would MUCH rather be a part of a poor country with people who are genuinly happy, sincere and do not have an insatiable need for consumerism gluttony. The US way of keeping up with the Jones is SERIOUSLY killing our planet. Back to basics people. When &%(# hits the fan, I don't want to be in America where people riot when they can't have their blackberries, x-box, gas guzzling hummers and lattes. I want to be with the people who stand up for what they believe in. Ecuador is the first country to give plants human rights and stand up to America. If Ecuador can't have a base in Florida, then why should the US? New world order control freaks! Don't choke on your starbucks

Since: Sep 08

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Sep 18, 2008
 
First Sergeant wrote:
Well I'm really sorry to see this happen - I enjoyed my 15 month tour at Manta very much! The land culture and especially the people will always be a highlight of my career. And after living all around the world, Ecuador remains one of my favorite vacation choices. I wish all the Ecuadorians, especially those in Manabi province, well.
I agree with 1st sergeant, I have been to Ecuador, and been many places throughout the world myself. I have yet to find a place I would like to live other than my town of Calgary, and Ecuador keeps drawing me there. Lets hope that the people we vote for in Government start making some right decisions that don't involve the pursuit of profit over and above humanity. Cudos to Ecuador left wing or not for being the 1st and only country trying to give rights to Eco systems and the planet. So much so, that they actually put it in their constitution. We give our rights to legal corporations that corrupt governments.
Randy

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Sep 18, 2008
 
I have been to Ecuador and it remains my favorite South American country. The people are great, the politicians there as in many other countries are self serving, I can see from some of the ignorant comments about the USA that history is seriously lacking in Canada and Ecuador. The US continues to be the most generous country on earth. I have never seen a Canadian or anywhelse turn down a Blackberry if they could afford it so get off your self rightous soap box, Canadians are as materielistic as anybody. The FARC is in Ecuador just try go to Rio El Carmen, Putumayo or anywhere else in Sacumbios, What ignortance!!!!
The Colombian raid was in Ecuador stupid. Did'nt see Chavez coming to your rescue and you never will, but if the Ecuadorian government wants to a Venezulean pupit its their choice, good luck. Colombia has prospered at the same time Ecuador and Bolivia continue to struggle and has maintained their identity, if any of you jerks had ever actually worked with the US on anything you would know that we have always worked within the framework of host nation laws.
jirehs1

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Sep 19, 2008
 
I think it's interesting that most people writing in this blog are not living in Ecuador today. It's also interesting that so many of us who have lived there truly loved the Ecuadorian people and their amazing country. I only hope it looks the same when I get back there. I'd hate to see that refinery mess up El Aromo like the oil companies messed up parts of the Amazonia. Jen, what you described with Blackberries and Starbucks lattes is what so many Gringos refer to as the "Real World" when hey leave Gringoland. When I left Ecuador after one year I realized the Real World was the one I just left where I had no annoying Blackberry and no Starbucks. I still don't know why I left Ecuador where I was truly happy. Ps, you sound very much like a Jen I knew in Micronesia many anos ago. Es verda.
jirehs1

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Sep 19, 2008
 
JEN, IF you are the same Jen I met in Micronesia please write to me. You know my email.

Since: Sep 08

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Sep 19, 2008
 
I am not bashing the US, I am bashing corporations and our Governments as western societies for letting our corporations corrupt our governments and create half of the situations we see.

North American Media only gives us partial answers. I am a firm believer that we should support our troops, unfortunately we don't have many so we and the rest of the world rely on Nations that do have more military might, being the US, but let us make sure that are troops are not being led into blind slaughters for the pursuit of profits.(hamburger hill how many times did the people in charge take that hill. How many times did they really need to ONCE why give it back, and back and back).

We need a big brother in the world, without a doubt because we can't get everyone to play nice in a sandbox. At least not a bunch of adults. I can get my son, without asking to play in a sandbox with any other child. And to quote a 3 yr old 'gringo''Hey can someone over there help my friend out he can't climb the slide and I am not big enough to help him'. Was an Islamic child. I am Canadian and damn proud of it. I appreciate the multi cultural aspects we have here. I appreciate the US.

As for the blackberry, do your homework, it's cheaper to get a cell phone or a blackberry in a 3rd world country than it is in N.America. GOV't REGULATION and CORPORATIONS. I think we're all here for one reason, our love for Ecuador, and our mistrust in past HISTORY and our POLITICIANS and theirs. Is a communist'ish' gov't going to stop me from visiting Ecuador, doubtful. Buying property, maybe. But if you follow communist regime's, from Hong kong/brittch rule take over, to even in London,'red Ken' and yet lets not forget that even Cuba is opening the door, and they too receiv'd their 1st taste of 'CAPTIALISM' and got their balckberry's too!!! Oh and everything else that China can send them. Apparently if you picture everything around you at the moment, and try not to buy something that is made or partially made in China, you will be sitting naked on a dirt floor.

And btw, I do believe that absolute power corrpts, and power corrupts absolutely, lets not put it in the hands of those that only seek profit!!!
jirehs1

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Sep 19, 2008
 
Shanky in the land of the Maple Leaf and great hockey teams is correct: we are all in this ecua-blog cause we each have reasons why we love Ecuador. And we do all agree that no one country is lacking in dishonest governments and corrupt countries. Shank, I like your comment about trying to buy something NOT made in China and having to sit naked on a dirt floor. Man, that place is a real "challenge". all their tainted products are incredible. contaminated milk for their babies. and yesterday i read about getting skin diseases from couches imported from the great "Peoples" Republic. What's next? Have a great weekend. This gringo capitalist is off to the golf course today and to the playa manana (but there won't be as many hot women as there is on la play del Murcielago o en Salinas! Que lastima!!) Es verdad.

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