Chavez stirs anxiety over US military deal in Colombia

Aug 12, 2009 Full story: Christian Science Monitor 6

Controversy over Colombia's decision to host an expanded US military presence loomed over a summit Monday of South American leaders, which President Alvaro Uribe refused to attend for fear of a diplomatic ambush.

Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez, who says the increased US presence in neighboring Colombia is aimed at overthrowing his leftist government, had sought a region-wide censure of the pending military cooperation agreement in the summit's closing statement. But other leaders who met privately with Mr. Uribe on his damage-control tour of seven nations last week were less inclined to condemn it outright.

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leroy davis

United States

#1 Aug 12, 2009
you don't understand!! you need open your eye. are you trying save FARC and drug dealer? did you know hugo chavez is worry his friend of FARC and ELN. hugo chavez want see his friend of ELN and FARC take over colombia.i know what going on. USA try help colombia to wipe out of bad people like drug dealer, FARC and ELN rebel group. they still have 700 people. almost 700 people did not wrong and they keep them more than 5 year and treat them bad. you must go and live colombia and you will find out.
luis rojas

Kennesaw, GA

#2 Aug 12, 2009
im from colombia and i think having a US military base in colombia is a great idea besides we want the TLC so why not negociate we dont need venezuela and his crazy president trying to force us and tell us what to do and yeah he is really scared cuz he know the US Can take him down wich it will be wonderfull if that happends.
GO COLOMBIA!
TopDog

Turlock, CA

#3 Aug 12, 2009
I am very familiar with the situation in Colombia being an American married to a Colombian national. I own property in Colombia and the US and I have traveled to this great country several times per year since 1995. Colombia is really blossoming under Alvaro Uribe. It is becoming prosperous and security is greatly improved. Venezuela, on the other hand is afflicted by this would be dictator, Chavez. The educated Venezuelians hate him. Should he remain in power, he will absolutely ruin that country. The United States should establish a full-fledged base in Colombia and sign a mutual defense treaty like we have with Israel and Costa Rica-- I guarantee we will benefit a lot more from it than we have from the one with Israel. Besides, who listens to Iran? No reasonable person should. There is no reason two sovereign nations cannot share bases and it is certainly no business of this foul-mouthed peasant, Chavez. Viva Colombia!
M E Thomas

Miami, FL

#4 Aug 13, 2009
Why is no one asking the question, "How many Russians are in Venezuela?"

I am married to a Colombian and I live in Bogotá.

Chavez would like to be a dictator of all South America.

It is great that the USA is helping Colombia get rid of the scum that FARC is. They are outlaws with no love for Colombia who run to Venezuela when the Colombia army gives chase and Chavez protects his friends.
leroy davis

United States

#6 Aug 15, 2009
thank you for explain to me. yes i love colombia and those people are very nice. yes chavez is sick mind and he want control south america. he is big ego red punk
leroy davis

United States

#7 Aug 20, 2009
good new about 200 blackwater are in venesuela. i wish chavez cool off and take care venezuela people. that simple. i think chavez want have war and take over all over south america. i wish be peace and good time. chavez got to go.

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