August 4, 2005


Uribe to press for more aid at Bush summit (Andy Webb-Vidal, August 3 2005, Financial Times)

President George W. Bush will on Thursday welcome his Colombian counterpart, Alvaro Uribe, to his ranch near Crawford, Texas, cementing a political relationship that is now Washington's most significant in Latin America. [...]

Security has improved significantly under Mr Uribe, but Colombia still has a long way to go before it can claim an end to Latin America's oldest guerrilla campaign, led by the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (Farc).

Mr Bush is expected to listen sympathetically to Mr Uribe, whom he sees as his main ally in the region, largely because of the Colombian leader's commitment to fight against the twin scourge of “narco-terrorism”.

Mr. Uribe has made Colombia a key member of the Axis of Good.

Posted by Orrin Judd at August 4, 2005 9:40 AM

There should be a limit to the amount of government-to-government cash aid. That seems to end up in banks in countries with strict bank secrecy laws.

Posted by: bart at August 4, 2005 1:46 PM

But it frees up the money they'd steal otherwise and we have more than we need.

Posted by: oj at August 4, 2005 2:24 PM

"narco-terrorism"... hadn't heard that one before! I love these new words.

Posted by: Quack Corleone at August 4, 2005 3:00 PM


Not really. They just steal more.

The correct thing to do is sit down with Uribe and ask questions like, 'Do you need any of those propeller boats that speed through swamps and jungles so you can move your soldiers in those areas, and how many?' or 'How much telecommunications equipment do you think you need?' or 'Do you need any surveyors to help with land reform so that people's rights get protected?' etc.

Posted by: bart at August 4, 2005 3:36 PM