Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Ecuador asks for fair trade bases

By Libby

This is just brilliant. Ecuador's president has vowed to get US military out of his country and he's come up with a clever ploy to justify it.

Ecuador's leftist President Rafael Correa said Washington must let him open a military base in Miami if the United States wants to keep using an air base on Ecuador's Pacific coast.

Correa has refused to renew Washington's lease on the Manta air base, set to expire in 2009. U.S. officials say it is vital for counter-narcotics surveillance operations on Pacific drug-running routes.

"We'll renew the base on one condition: that they let us put a base in Miami -- an Ecuadorean base," Correa said in an interview during a trip to Italy.

"If there's no problem having foreign soldiers on a country's soil, surely they'll let us have an Ecuadorean base in the United States."

Hard to argue with that logic. Can't wait for the White House response.

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