Tuesday, May 06, 2008

U.S. base is no longer welcome in Ecuador

File under" No shit.
Mayor Jorge Zambrano pulled up to the Manta City Hall in his black Ford Explorer (SUVs are everywhere), expecting to find a rally in support of the American military outpost that runs drug-surveillance flights from this gritty port city. He left an hour later behind a wall of riot shields and a cloud of Mace, as police fended off banner-waving protesters who crashed the event in March. With 18 months left on its decade-long contract, the U.S. Forward Operating Location in Manta has few friends in this South American nation - and fewer still who believe that the agreement has any hope of being extended.

Is the US welcome anywhere these days? Just asking.

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