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Ecuador wants military base in Miami
Reuters ^ | 10/22/07 | Phil Stewart

Posted on 10/22/2007 8:38:02 PM PDT by LibWhacker

NAPLES (Reuters) - 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."

The U.S. embassy to Ecuador says on its Web site that anti-narcotics flights from Manta gathered information behind more than 60 percent of illegal drug seizures on the high seas of the Eastern Pacific last year.

It offers a fact-sheet on the base at: http://ecuador.usembassy.gov/topics_of_interest/manta-fol.html

Correa, a popular leftist economist, had promised to cut off his arm before extending the lease that ends in 2009 and has called U.S. President George W. Bush a "dimwit".

But Correa, an ally of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, told Reuters he believed relations with the United States were "excellent" despite the base closing.

He rejected the idea that the episode reflected on U.S. ties at all.

"This is the only North American military base in South America," he said.

"So, then the other South American countries don't have good relations with the United States because they don't have military bases? That doesn't make any sense."


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events; US: Florida
KEYWORDS: base; ecuador; miami; military
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1 posted on 10/22/2007 8:38:04 PM PDT by LibWhacker
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To: LibWhacker

Pull everything out, raze the base to the ground. Give the looters nothing.


3 posted on 10/22/2007 8:45:15 PM PDT by dynachrome (Immigration without assimilation means the death of this nation~Captainpaintball)
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To: LibWhacker

The Chinese are whispering ‘sweet-nothings’ in his ear.

Why else would he wish to cast the largest source of income from his sh*thole?


4 posted on 10/22/2007 8:46:10 PM PDT by Spruce
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To: yeehah

Forget Miami, let’s put the base in Riviera Beach. We can cede it to them. They won’t have to pay us a dime or offer any other compensation. They just have to live there.


5 posted on 10/22/2007 8:46:34 PM PDT by sig226 (New additions to the list of democrat criminals - see my profile)
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To: LibWhacker

Something like 10,000 surplus condos and several large lots of land for other failed to be financed condo developments in greater Miami/Dade. I’m sure some of those near bankrupt developers would sell their land to Ecuador at this point.


6 posted on 10/22/2007 8:47:10 PM PDT by JerseyHighlander
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To: LibWhacker

The Germans are cutting back operations at their base in New Mexico- perhaps they can sublease to him.


7 posted on 10/22/2007 8:47:16 PM PDT by PAR35
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To: LibWhacker

If it’s important enough, we’ll give them a base.


8 posted on 10/22/2007 8:49:44 PM PDT by Kevmo (We should withdraw from Iraq via Tehran. And Duncan Hunter is just the man to get that job done.))
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To: LibWhacker

...we should just give them Massachusetts....


9 posted on 10/22/2007 8:52:45 PM PDT by Tzimisce (How Would Mohammed Vote? Hillary for President! www.dndorks.com)
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To: LibWhacker
Correa, a popular leftist economist, had promised to cut off his arm
before extending the lease that ends in 2009


In the good old days before the Church hearings...I suspect the
CIA could have convinced him that he'd lose the arm if he didn't
extend the lease.
10 posted on 10/22/2007 8:53:45 PM PDT by VOA
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To: LibWhacker
Don’t they already have the Boston Red Sox?
11 posted on 10/22/2007 8:55:43 PM PDT by BGHater (Bread and Circuses)
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To: LibWhacker
"We'll renew the base on one condition: that they let us put a base in Miami -- an Ecuadorean base"

Give them one for the sake of fun. Surely this military base will look pathetic... and will be very embarrasing for Ecuadorian soldiers to even guard it... plus several daily fly-bys of F-22s.

12 posted on 10/22/2007 9:03:51 PM PDT by ChristianDefender ("Show No Mercy, For You Shall Receive None.")
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To: LibWhacker

Do the Ecuadorians speak Spanish … if so; Bush will give them anything they want.


13 posted on 10/22/2007 9:04:28 PM PDT by doc1019 (Fred Thompson '08)
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To: LibWhacker

San Francisco.

But they have to keep it.


14 posted on 10/22/2007 9:05:15 PM PDT by Cringing Negativism Network (I like Duncan Hunter)
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To: LibWhacker

Do we need a base in Ecuador?


15 posted on 10/22/2007 9:06:14 PM PDT by wastedyears (A cosmic castaway)
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To: wastedyears

If we leave a base in Equador, and China moves in,

do we resurrect the Monroe Doctrine?

(and why haven’t we, already??)


16 posted on 10/22/2007 9:07:46 PM PDT by Cringing Negativism Network (I like Duncan Hunter)
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To: LibWhacker

These tin-pot POS dictators are getting old. It’s time we slap one down as an example. Yes I’m calling for military intervention.


17 posted on 10/22/2007 9:12:26 PM PDT by rbmillerjr
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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. Now that is a pull out that I can support. But Correa should beware and take a lesson from the Puerto Ricans when we pulled out of Viacas. The economy tanked and the Governor was screaming don't go. Bet President Bush said, 'Yeah, right.'
18 posted on 10/22/2007 9:13:09 PM PDT by oneamericanvoice (Support freedom! Support the troops! Surrender is not an option!)
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To: dynachrome

Sounds like a plan to me! Leave no trace of it every being there. Then get the popcorn and sit back, because the citizens that don’t have their jobs anymore will be in the streets. This could be one of the best things to happen, because it would destabilize Ecuador, and who knows....


19 posted on 10/22/2007 9:15:49 PM PDT by oneamericanvoice (Support freedom! Support the troops! Surrender is not an option!)
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To: wastedyears

I say we close it down, destroy it beyond recognition, and cut the buggers off economically, refuse all their exports.

Seems they need another revolution. Those stupid people never learn.


20 posted on 10/22/2007 9:17:26 PM PDT by Nathan Zachary
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