March 22, 2008


Colombia's Rebels Face Possibility of Implosion: Chief Threat Not Deaths, but Desertion (Juan Forero, 3/22/08, Washington Post)

The slaying this month of Manuel Jesús Muñoz, a member of the ruling directorate of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, was a dramatic signal that a rebel group known for its resilience is engulfed in an internal crisis that could lead to its implosion after four decades of armed struggle.

In a country where most people cannot remember a time of peace, Colombians are for the first time raising the possibility that a guerrilla group once thought invincible could be forced into peace negotiations or even defeated militarily.

Weakened by infiltrators and facing constant combat and aerial bombardment, the insurgency is losing members in record numbers. The FARC, as the group is known, lost 1,583 fighters in combat last year, its columns are plagued by command-and-control problems, and popular support is evaporating, the government of President Álvaro Uribe says.

Since 2000, the Uribe administration has received $5 billion in U.S. aid, mostly for military and anti-drug programs -- more than any other government outside the Middle East.

Here's a way Senator Obama could genuinely distance himself from both the radicalism of his Church and the Sandinista nostalgia of many in his party--he could come out against the Marxist remnants in Latin America and in favor of our allies.

Posted by Orrin Judd at March 22, 2008 8:14 AM

Why do you suggest he should change his stripes, it's got him this far, why not all the way?

Posted by: Perry at March 22, 2008 9:26 AM

He can't do that. If he does that he loses his support base. It'd be like shooting up your own supply lines.

Posted by: Mikey [TypeKey Profile Page] at March 22, 2008 10:23 AM

He could no more do that than repudiate a grumpy uncle or through his sainted grandmother under the bus.

Posted by: Patrick H at March 22, 2008 12:21 PM

Uh, that would be "throw" not "through".

Posted by: Patrick H at March 22, 2008 12:42 PM

Don't think, just BELIEVE....

Posted by: oj at March 22, 2008 4:44 PM

John Kerry, Tom Harkin, and Chris Dodd haven't given up on the Central American commies - why should Obama?

Posted by: jim hamlen at March 22, 2008 6:07 PM

Alas, Obama's church features "Black Liberation Theology" which is just the black power version of the Sandalista ideology we catholics had to endure during the 80s.

Posted by: JAB at March 23, 2008 12:51 AM