Caldera and Military Policy in Colombia

In January 2000 Army Secretary Caldera ordered a dramatic increase in military aid to Colombia, which has been engaged in an ongoing civil war with revolutionary groups in the country.  The civil war had in the year 2000 claimed 30,000 lives since it began in 1964.

Following the announcement of a $1.6 billion emergency anti-narcotics package for the world’s principal cocaine exporting country, Caldera made a trip to Colombia, the first in memory by a Secretary of the Army.  He visited the Tres Esquinas military base in Caqueta province, where a new batallion was being trained to fight the guerrillas.

He was accompanied by deputy drug czar Thomas Umberg, who announced that CIA estimates at the time would show a dramatic increase in production of coca in Colombia.  The delegation would also travel to the Dominican Republic and Haiti.  Both of them said the underlying problem was the leftist rebels that allegedly controlled the coca-growing areas in the south.

The aid plan would give Colombia’s government 63 military helicopters, as well as fund training for two new army batallions to fight the guerrillas.  There were about 150 U.S. military personnel already in Colombia, many of whom were Green Beret instructors, although Caldera said no U.S. troops were there “operationally.”

Here Caldera shows he is in step with U.S. imperialist military policy, which would directly affect Latin American people already suffering.

Source:

Kotler, Jared.  “U. S. Army Secretary Says Military Aid to Colombia Will Increase.”  Nando Times.  http://www.nandotimes.com.  January 20, 2000.

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Okay, as the subtitle states, this is a notebook from what I call a New Mexico diaspora (look up diaspora if you are asking). I was a former resident of New Mexico, now living elsewhere, but New Mexico is still my homeland. To get more in touch with your homeland one must be away from it. This is my attempt to understand it. I was a former anti-militarism activist in the Albuquerque area. Still believe that United Snakes militarism is the greatest threat to the world, as do the majority of the worlds population. Uncovered much information about the ties in New Mexico, but never processed it all. This blog is an attempt to do that. Also hope it may come of use to others with similar interests.
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