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  • What a REAL Leader Looks Like: Alvaro Uribe

    08/10/2010 5:48:37 AM PDT · by Reaganite Republican · 9 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | August 10 2010 | Reaganite Republican
    Colombian patriot and brave national hero Alvaro Uribe has now retired from the presidential office he first took in 2002... when Colombia was nothing short of a failed state. How did he do? Besides the fact that he all but defeated the FARC rebels and numerous drug cartels over his eight years, Uribe's presidential approval rating has hovered between 60-70%... as recently as 2008 hitting an astounding 91%... George W Bush honored his accomplishment, principles, and valor with a Presidential Medal of Freedom... while today's radical Democrats refuse to support Colombia's great strides with even a free-trade pact. But as...
  • In Colombia, GOP Rep. Mack calls on Obama to put Venezuela on terror list

    08/07/2010 6:03:09 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 7 replies
    The Hill ^ | August 7, 2010 | Bridget Johnson
    Rep. Connie Mack (R-Fla.), in Bogota on Saturday, called for the Obama administration to designate Venezuela as a state sponsor of terrorism. Mack was one of eight lawmakers in Colombia for the swearing in of the country's new president, Juan Manuel Santos. He met with departing President Alvaro Uribe and held a press conference in Bogota to detail his efforts to have Colombia's neighbor placed on the terror list. "I think the time is now to put him on that list," Mack told The Hill by phone from Colombia, saying that President Hugo Chavez supported the FARC rebels in Colombia...
  • Colombia proves again that Venezuela is harboring FARC terrorists

    07/30/2010 9:28:15 AM PDT · by La Lydia · 6 replies
    Washington Post ^ | July 30, 2010 | Editorial
    Colombia's presentation to the OAS about Venezuela's hosting of the FARC terrorist movement prompted speculation about the motives of Álvaro Uribe, Colombia's outgoing president. Why did he want to end his eight years in office in another confrontation with Venezuelan strongman Hugo Chávez? Could he be trying to sabotage his successor, Juan Manuel Santos...? ...a simple explanation: Mr. Uribe, who has devoted his presidency to rescuing Colombia from armed gangs of both the left and the right, is deeply frustrated by Venezuela's continuing support for FARC -- and by the failure of the international community to hold Chávez accountable...Before leaving...
  • Ingrid Betancourt sues Colombia for $6.8 mln over kidnap

    07/09/2010 8:09:52 PM PDT · by Stultis · 14 replies
    Reuters via EuroNews ^ | 9 July 2010 | Hugh Bronstein
    Colombian politician Ingrid Betancourt, who spent six years as a rebel hostage before being rescued, has sued the Andean nation over her kidnapping, sparking outrage from the government that freed her. The suit seeks $6.8 million (4.5 million pounds) in damages from the state for emotional stress and loss of earnings while she was being held in secret jungle camps by Marxist guerrillas.
  • Chávez Loses in Colombia--The election of Juan Manuel Santos was a rebuke to the Venezuelan dictator

    06/25/2010 11:45:40 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 17 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | June 25, 2010 | Jaime Daremblum
    Chalk up another defeat for Hugo Chávez. Last weekend, Colombian voters delivered a landslide victory to conservative presidential candidate Juan Manuel Santos, who clobbered former Bogotá mayor Antanas Mockus by nearly 42 percentage points. Always eager to meddle in foreign elections, Chávez had strongly criticized Santos during the campaign, calling him a “threat to the region” and warning that “he could cause a war in this part of the world, upon instructions from the Yankees.” On April 25, the Venezuelan dictator said that, while Santos was “trying to dress as Little Red Riding Hood,” he was actually “a wolf...
  • Bipartisan group of lawmakers urge Obama to back Colombia free trade pact

    06/05/2010 12:02:13 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 5 replies · 307+ views
    The Hill ^ | June 5, 2010 | Russell Berman
    A bipartisan group of House members is urging President Barack Obama to support approval of the U.S.-Colombia free trade agreement. In a letter (pdf) to the president this week, the group of 39 representatives said the pact would open a new market for American goods and help the administration accomplish its goal of doubling U.S. exports over the next five years. The letter pushed for the agreement, which was signed more than three years ago, to be approved before August, when Colombian President Alvaro Uribe leaves office. The lawmakers also cited Colombia's status as an ally in the fight against...
  • Venezuela plotted to kill Colombia president, Spain judge says

    03/04/2010 6:58:21 AM PST · by C19fan · 6 replies · 253+ views
    Christian Science Monitor ^ | March 2, 2010 | Tom A Peter
    A diplomatic row has erupted between Spain and Venezuela after a Spanish judge accused officials in Caracas of plotting with rebel groups to kill Colombian President Álvaro Uribe and other political officials. Spanish National Court Judge Eloy Velasco charged on Monday that the government of Hugo Chávez had been working as an intermediary between the Basque separatist group ETA and the Colombian guerrilla group Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC). The groups were allegedly plotting against prominent political figures living in or traveling through Spain. Venezuelan officials have dismissed these allegations as “biased and unfounded.”
  • Venezuela's Chavez: Friend Of Terrorists (Not surprising)

    03/02/2010 5:27:33 PM PST · by Kaslin · 7 replies · 301+ views
    Investors.com ^ | March 2, 2010 | INVESTORS BUSINESS DAILY Staff
    War: A Spanish court has charged Venezuela with collaborating in a terrorist plot to assassinate President Alvaro Uribe of Colombia. That's an attempt on a top U.S. ally, and calls for a hard response. If it's not predator-drone time, it's time to name Venezuela as a state sponsor of terror. What came to light Monday isn't the first time Venezuela's Hugo Chavez has been caught aiding terrorists, but it may well be the most egregious. Spanish Judge Eloy Velasco named a Venezuelan government official as a key link between 12 FARC and ETA terrorists who were indicted in a 2003...
  • Spain accuses 13 of plot 'to kill Colombian leader'

    03/01/2010 5:03:24 AM PST · by csvset · 8 replies · 221+ views
    France24 ^ | 1 March 2010 | AFP
    A Spanish judge has charged 13 members of the Basque separatist group ETA and the Colombian rebel group FARC over an alleged plot to assassinate Colombian President Alvaro Uribe, judicial sources said on Monday. Judge Eloy Velasco said he believes FARC asked ETA's help with a plot to kill a number of Colombian officials in Spain, including Uribe.
  • Colombian judges deny Alvaro Uribe third term poll

    02/28/2010 5:57:51 AM PST · by decimon · 2 replies · 171+ views
    BBC ^ | Feb 27, 2010 | Unknown
    The Colombian constitutional court has rejected a referendum which could have led to President Alvaro Uribe running for a third term in office.The court voted 7-2 against a proposal backed by parliament to hold a vote on amending the constitution to allow for three terms. Mr Uribe won an amendment in 2005 that let him run for a second term in 2006. Following the ruling, former Defence Minister Juan Manuel Santos confirmed he would run for the presidency. Mr Santos, credited with helping Mr Uribe's government's efforts against left-wing Farc rebels, said: "What we need to do now is work...
  • Columbia's Uribe (Almost) Assaults Venezuela's Chavez: Sean Penn to Mediate?

    02/24/2010 3:01:29 PM PST · by Texas Peartree · 11 replies · 500+ views
    The Voice of Reason ^ | February 24, 2010 | Texas Peartree
    I am a big believer that behind that enormous pineapple-shaped head of Venezuelan Dictator Hugo Chavez, there lives a coward. It is one thing to lead coups, nationalize industries, shut down opposition newspapers and arrest political allies that are no longer convenient. It is quite another to stand mano-a-mano with the likes of Columbian hero and President Alvaro Uribe. More Pro-American than President Obama, more involved in stopping drugs than our DEA, Uribe is also a courageous advocate for a conservative and free-market transformation of Latin America. Unlike the foolish leaders of Uruguay, Nicaragua and Brazil, Uribe understands that fashionable...
  • Uribe Re-Election Bid Falters

    11/14/2009 10:09:43 AM PST · by jazusamo · 11 replies · 403+ views
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | November 14, 2009 | Jose De Cordoba
    BOGOTA, Colombia -- Colombia's top electoral body ruled late Thursday that millions of signatures endorsing a referendum on President Álvaro Uribe's second re-election bid are invalid, dealing a major setback to the president's contentious bid for a third term. Colombia's National Electoral Council said the organization of Uribe supporters that obtained the signatures had spent about six times the legal limit in their campaign to change the constitution. Voters must approve the change before Mr. Uribe can run in elections scheduled for May. A spokesman for Mr. Uribe declined to comment. Luis Guillermo Giraldo, who headed the vote-gathering effort, said...
  • The Will To Win

    08/14/2009 6:43:36 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 2 replies · 364+ views
    IBD Editorials ^ | August 14, 2009 | INVESTORS BUSINESS DAILY Staff
    Leadership: Gen. Ulysses Grant won our Civil War by doggedly pursuing the enemy even after winning battles. That's occurring in Colombia, where President Uribe is stepping up an already impressive war effort.As we went to press, Colombia was set to sign a pact over the weekend with the U.S. for access to seven military bases on its territory. It's an unprecedented vote of confidence in U.S. troops and will substantially expand both countries' capacity to fight drugs and terror. But more than that, it's a strong sign President Alvaro Uribe intends to crush FARC's Marxist narcoterrorists, the group that's been...
  • Paul Rahe: Obama's gestures, part 2

    06/30/2009 6:11:04 PM PDT · by SonOfDarkSkies · 21 replies · 1,043+ views
    Professor Paul Rahe follows up on his post "Obama's gestures": Just under three weeks ago, I wrote a Power Line post drawing attention to a photograph released by the White House, showing President Obama nonchalantly leaning back in his chair with his feet on the desk, the soles of his shoes clearly visible while speaking on the phone with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. In that post, I noted that some in the Israeli press interpreted the release of the photograph as an expression of contempt intended for Arab consumption, inspired by the hurling of a shoe at President Bush...
  • BEWARE THE OBAMA 'EVIL EYE'

    06/30/2009 6:29:13 AM PDT · by paul in cape · 219 replies · 10,887+ views
    drudge report ^ | 6/30/09 | Drudge
    As the summer begins, White House watchers have spotted a new look by President Obama: The Evil Eye! Staffers have joked about the menacing glance, which comes when the president meets with world leaders who are not aligned with his progressive view. White House photographers have captured the "evil eye" in recent weeks, during sessions with German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Colombia's Alvaro Uribev. Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi got hit with the commander's malocchio last week in the Oval office. And at least one White House reporter has been on the receiving end of the daggers during a press...
  • BEWARE THE OBAMA 'EVIL EYE'

    06/30/2009 7:38:01 AM PDT · by counterpunch · 80 replies · 4,388+ views
    The DRUDGE REPORT ^ | Tue Jun 30 2009 07:43:56 ET | Matt Drudge
    BEWARE THE OBAMA 'EVIL EYE' Tue Jun 30 2009 07:43:56 ET As the summer begins, White House watchers have spotted a new look by President Obama: The Evil Eye! Staffers have joked about the menacing glance, which comes when the president meets with world leaders who are not aligned with his progressive view. White House photographers have captured the "evil eye" in recent weeks, during sessions with German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Colombia's Alvaro Uribev. Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi got hit with the commander's malocchio last week in the Oval office. And at least one White House reporter...
  • Obama Likely to Tread Carefully With Uribe

    06/30/2009 6:14:41 PM PDT · by pissant · 7 replies · 373+ views
    Wash Post ^ | 6/30/09 | Mike Shear
    President Obama meets with Colombian president Álvaro Uribe this afternoon as his administration monitors the repercussions of the military coup in Honduras and the impact on its Latin American neighbors. Aides had said last week that the Oval Office meeting would focus on efforts to shut down the drug trade and the stalled Colombian-U.S. free trade agreemeent. But the world's attention shifted over the weekend to Honduras, where the region's first military coup in more than a decade ended with the ouster of President Manuel Zelaya during a dawn raid of the presidential palace in the capital of Tegucigalpa. In...
  • On Free Trade, White House Must Lead

    06/30/2009 5:51:50 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 8 replies · 277+ views
    IBD Editorials ^ | June 30, 2009
    Trade: President Obama's encouraging words to Colombia's president Monday signaled an improving outlook for the two nations' long-delayed free trade treaty. It's good news, but he must take that message to Congress.Contrary to what you might think from the administration's responses to Iran and Honduras, not all of our friends are being snubbed or our enemies embraced. Obama showed considerable respect for our friend and ally Colombia at a working meeting with President Alvaro Uribe at the White House Monday, declaring at a joint press conference that "we are grateful for his friendship." It was a commendable show of leadership,...
  • Getting It Right

    04/20/2009 6:25:23 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 9 replies · 726+ views
    IBD Editorials ^ | April 20, 2009
    Trade: Hugo Chavez may have gotten a grinning handshake from President Obama in Trinidad. But it was our authentic friend and ally, Colombia, that got substance. The president got one right.There was quite a media din over the president's greeting of Venezuela's strongman at the Summit of the Americas in Port of Spain over the weekend. Sure, it was a first. But along with bones he threw to Cuba, it crowded out weightier news. Obama may have shaken hands, accepted an idiotic book and politely listened to diatribes from regional troublemakers. But for our ally Colombia, he wasn't just gesturing....
  • Report: No re-election for Uribe in Colombia (Counter to South American Trend)

    01/29/2009 4:01:23 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 2 replies · 240+ views
    AP ^ | 1/29/09
    President Alvaro Uribe's hometown newspaper reported Thursday that Colombia's immensely popular leader will not seek a third consecutive term in 2010 elections. "President Uribe is not running for a second re-election. El Colombiano is in a position to affirm that the president has already decided to step aside so new leaders can assume power," the Medellin newspaper reported. El Colombiano did not reveal its sources.
  • President Bush Honors Presidential Medal of Freedom Recipients

    01/15/2009 6:55:32 PM PST · by GOP_Lady · 2 replies · 402+ views
    WhiteHouse.gov ^ | 01-13-09 | WhiteHouse.gov
  • A day in the life of President Bush (photos) 1-13-09

    01/13/2009 6:44:07 PM PST · by Kaslin · 133 replies · 2,865+ views
    President Bush held his last Cabinet Meeting this morning TranscriptPresident Bush met this morning with President Calderón of MexicoTranscriptThis afternoon President Bush honored President Uribe, Prime Minister Howard, and Prime Minister Blair. Transcript Enjoy your visit to Sanity Island
  • Rush Attends Medal of Freedom Ceremony at the White House

    01/14/2009 6:14:11 AM PST · by rightwingintelligentsia · 45 replies · 2,873+ views
    RushLimbaugh.com ^ | January 13, 2009
    Rush attends a Medal of Freedom ceremony at the White House. During the ceremony President George W. Bush presented the Medal of Freedom to former British Prime Minister Tony Blair, former Australian Prime Minister John Howard and Colombian President Alvaro Uribe.
  • Is Obama meeting with Rush Limbaugh tonight? (Answer post #75)

    01/13/2009 5:13:31 PM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 143 replies · 6,552+ views
    hotair.com ^ | January 13, 2009 | Allahpundit
    Sounds nutty, I know, but Ambinder breaks news that The One’s dining with “conservative opinion leaders” in Maryland, evidently at George Will’s house. Among the attendees: Bill Kristol, David Brooks, and … anyone else? Coincidentally, I got an e-mail from a reader shortly after noon noting that Limbaugh had a surprise guest host today who spent the beginning of the show dropping hints that Rush had been called away to urgent business in D.C. and that it might have to do with something he said yesterday about giving Obama advice. I ignored it — but now they’re dropping hints on...
  • Palin Outshines Democratic Party With Foreign Policy (Palin meets Uribe)

    09/30/2008 8:37:29 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 21 replies · 1,151+ views
    The Bulletin ^ | September 30, 2008 | Herb Denenberg
    For those with questions about Gov. Sarah Palin's competence in the area of foreign policy, consider this: She has already demonstrated more leadership on foreign policy know-how and savvy than the entire Democratic party leadership put together. If this was a sports event in the contest of Gov. Palin versus the Democratic party leadership, it was a blowout with an easy win for Gov. Palin with a score of about 100-0. The incident I'm about to relate demonstrates Gov. Palin's competence, but it more dramatically demonstrates the incompetence of the Democratic party's foreign policy leadership, including the total incompetence of...
  • Snarky Media Hide Palin Policy News

    09/24/2008 5:51:26 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 11 replies · 566+ views
    IBD Editorials ^ | September 24, 2008
    Election '08: The press spent so much time sniping at Sarah Palin for her visits with global leaders that in the end it babbled about itself. What it missed was news on John McCain's foreign policy. Who are the real rubes?Palin's meetings with foreign heads of state in New York this week sent a stark message to the world's tyrants: If she and John McCain are elected to the highest office in the land, America will stand by the embattled nations it calls friends. Not those nations with the most money, prestige or radical think tanks lobbying Congress on their...
  • A day in the life of President Bush (Many photos) 9-23-2008

    09/23/2008 7:21:33 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 71 replies · 2,152+ views
    White House and other sources ^ | September 23, 2008
    This morning President Bush addressed the United Nations general assembly for the last time. Transcript After the address he and the first Lady met with some political dissident at Governors Island in New York City Transcript Vice President Cheney attended a weekly House Republican conferencemeeting on Capitol Hill Secretary of Defense Robert Gates testified today on Capitol Hill before the Armed Forces Committee on Afghanistan and Iraq Vice Presidential candidate, Governor Sarah Palin met this morning in New York City with Afghan President Hamid Karzai. She also met with Colombia's President Alvaro Uribe and former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger...
  • Palin's Foreign-Policy Chops

    09/22/2008 5:56:56 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 5 replies · 376+ views
    IBD Editorials ^ | September 22, 2008
    Leadership: If anything shows how Democrats are beneath their office, it's how they snubbed the visiting leader of Colombia on his current trip. Sarah Palin, by contrast, shows respect.Based on their treatment of President Alvaro Uribe, who is here to plead for a free trade pact, it's almost as if Democrats don't want the U.S. to have allies. Uribe made a rare visit to Washington, and shamefully few Democrats agreed to meet him. Uribe didn't come asking for much — only that Congress keep its word on an agreement that will drop tariffs on American goods sold in Colombia and...
  • Bush calls for vote on Colombia trade pact

    09/20/2008 5:37:00 PM PDT · by BGHater · 8 replies · 435+ views
    The Hill ^ | 20 Sep 2008 | Kevin Bogardus
    President Bush on Saturday used the visit of Colombia’s President Alvaro Uribe to urge Congress to pass a free trade agreement with the South American country. In remarks to reporters alongside Uribe at the White House Rose Garden, Bush said it is vital that Congress considers the trade pact before adjourning. “It is a statement of friendship, it's a statement of common values. And if this agreement were not to pass it would embolden the voices of populism in the neighborhood, to the detriment of a government which has been very strong in dealing with human rights and human dignity...
  • A Day in the Life of President Bush...09-20-08, 08-21-08

    09/20/2008 1:36:48 PM PDT · by daisyscarlett · 58 replies · 206+ views
    yahoo news; whitehouse.gov;various | daisyscarlett
    The President delivered his Weekly Radio Address from the White House. The subject was the economy. President Bush welcomed President Alvaro Uribe of Colombia to the White House on September 20, 2008. Colombia is a strategic ally of the United States, and this visit underscores the deep friendship and extensive cooperation between the United States and Colombia. The two leaders discussed a range of issues, including their shared commitment to the United States-Colombia Trade Promotion Agreement, continuing to reduce violence and increase peace and security in Colombia, and strengthening democracy throughout the region. The President is hosting a White House...
  • NEW VIDEOs terrific footage inside Colombia's under cover operation to rescue hostages in July

    08/05/2008 1:29:58 AM PDT · by drzz · 3 replies · 204+ views
    VIDEOS ^ | 08 05 2008 | drzz
    The Colombian TV released footage taken by the army during the rescue operation of July 2, 2008 where several hostages were freed, including presidential hopeful Ingrid Betancourt and 3 American citizens. American CIA and Israeli Mossad were involved in this operation.
  • Uribe: Betancourt rescuers used Red Cross

    07/16/2008 11:42:05 AM PDT · by Abathar · 24 replies · 136+ views
    CNN ^ | 07/16/08 | Karl Penhaul / CNN
    BOGOTA, Colombia (CNN) -- Colombian President Alvaro Uribe says one Red Cross symbol was used in a daring and successful hostage rescue mission that took place two weeks ago. What seems to be part of a red cross is seen on a bib worn by a man involved in the rescue in this official image. One of the rescuers was wearing the symbol on a bib, Uribe said Wednesday in a nationally televised announcement that was also carried on radio. He described the wearing of the symbol as a slip-up. Such a use of the Red Cross emblem could constitute...
  • Colombia misused Red Cross emblem in hostage rescue (Columbia to give hostages back. /sarc)

    07/16/2008 11:13:29 AM PDT · by tobyhill · 21 replies · 349+ views
    yahoo ^ | 7/16/2008 | Reuters
    BOGOTA (Reuters) - Colombia misused the symbol of the Red Cross in this month's military rescue of politician Ingrid Betancourt and 14 other guerrilla-held hostages, the government said on Wednesday, admitting a possible violation of the rules of war. "We regret that this occurred," President Alvaro Uribe said in a speech following reports that the Red Cross emblem was displayed on a vest or T-shirt worn by a Colombian intelligence officer who took part in the rescue mission. Falsely portraying military personnel as Red Cross members is against the Geneva Conventions as it could put humanitarian workers at risk when...
  • Krauthammer: How Hostages, And Nations, Get Liberated

    07/11/2008 2:39:16 AM PDT · by Puzzleman · 12 replies · 213+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | July 11, 2008 | Charles Krauthammer
    On the day the Colombian military freed Ingrid Betancourt and 14 other long-held hostages, the Italian Parliament passed yet another resolution demanding her release. Europe had long ago adopted this French-Colombian politician as a cause celebre. France had made her an honorary citizen of Paris, passed numerous resolutions and held many vigils...
  • Uribe should soften his tone with FARC: Betancourt

    07/07/2008 12:22:29 PM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 46 replies · 71+ views
    Uribe should soften his tone with FARC: Betancourt Mon Jul 7, 2008 2:58pm EDT PARIS (Reuters) - Colombian President Alvaro Uribe should soften his tone when dealing with the Marxist FARC guerrillas, freed hostage Ingrid Betancourt said on Monday, urging him to break with the language of "hatred". Betancourt was rescued last week after more than six years in the jungle as a captive of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), in an operation that was widely seen as a vindication of Uribe's hardline stance against the guerrillas. The FARC is still holding hundreds of captives and Betancourt, who...
  • Details Emerge of U.S. Role in Colombia's Hostage Rescue

    07/06/2008 2:45:12 AM PDT · by CutePuppy · 10 replies · 136+ views
    Wall Street Journal (no subscription) ^ | July 5, 2008 | David Luhnow and Jose de Cordoba
    Undercover Officers Got Acting Lessons; 'Crocodile Dundee' BOGOTÁ, Colombia -- New details have emerged about an important supporting role for the U.S. in Colombia's daring rescue of 15 hostages held by the country's Marxist guerrillas. One area where the Americans were directly involved: Giving Hollywood-style acting classes to the Colombian undercover military officers who duped the guerrillas into handing over the hostages. Preparation for the rescue mission, which freed three Americans and former Colombian presidential candidate Ingrid Betancourt, involved mounting a makeshift studio on an army base and drilling the undercover military officers in their acting roles, according to senior...
  • And How Do We Thank Colombia?

    07/03/2008 6:15:06 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 24 replies · 176+ views
    IBD Editorials ^ | July 3, 2008
    War On Terror: A foreign country puts its men on the line to rescue American hostages and pulls off one of the greatest rescues in history. Might a little gratitude from Congress be in order?Not since the 1976 Israeli raid on Entebbe has a rescue of hostages held by terrorists ended so spectacularly. Wednesday's liberation by the Colombian army of three Northrop contractors and 12 others will go down as one of history's great strikes against terror. In the wake of the rescue, Democrats' caricature of Colombia as a night-haunted right-wing dictatorship, a la 1976 Guatemala, looks increasingly hollow. The...
  • **DYNAMITE**Short Video/Slide Montage Of Hostages Freed in Colombia By Daring, Clever Military

    07/03/2008 6:04:27 AM PDT · by AmericanInTokyo · 30 replies · 149+ views
    El Tiempo, Bogota, Colombia ^ | 3 July 2008 | El Tiempo, Bogota, Colombia
    You will REALLY enjoy this 2-minute clip. Great little short mini-documentary showing the release yesterday of the Colombian and American hostages who had been kidnapped years ago by pro-Communist, pro-Che Guevara FARC guerillas.The former Presidential Candidate, (female), lead hostage and one of the main speakers on the airport tarmac, profusely thanks the pro-US President Uribe, and then, rolling her eyes still in disbelief, says she was "amazed by the BRILLIANCE of the Army of Colombia" in their plan to seize the hostages, faking as if they were leftists rebels themselves.Another of the liberated, a man, shouts, LONG LIVE LIBERTY! and...
  • Hostage Rescue Is Happy "Coincidence" for McCain in Colombia

    07/03/2008 1:47:24 AM PDT · by JohnHuang2 · 26 replies · 417+ views
    New York Times ^ | 7/3/08 | ELISABETH BUMILLER
    MEXICO CITY—Senator John McCain congratulated President Alvaro Uribe of Colombia on Wednesday for the Colombian government’s rescue of 15 hostages, including three Americans, held by the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC, a Marxist-inspired insurgency that Mr. McCain repeatedly criticized this week during a trip to Latin America. “This is great news,” Mr. McCain told reporters on his campaign plane enroute to Mexico City from Cartagena, Colombia, after Mr. Uribe called Mr. McCain in the air to inform him of the success of the operation. “Thank God they are released.” The timing of the rescue, which occurred while Mr....
  • Uribe: Stunning rescue was "meticulously prepared"

    07/03/2008 12:54:45 AM PDT · by Puzzleman · 16 replies · 180+ views
    Monsters & Critics ^ | July 3, 2008 | Staff
    Colombian President Alvaro Uribe and top military officials addressed the country late Wednesday to explain the daring rescue operation to freed former presidential candidate Ingrid Betancourt and 14 other hostages held by leftist rebels...
  • Colombia: Betancourt, US hostages freed (hurrah for McCain!)

    07/02/2008 12:34:40 PM PDT · by milwguy · 230 replies · 730+ views
    breitbart ^ | 7/02/2008 | breitbart
    <p>BOGOTA (Reuters) - French-Colombian politician Ingrid Betancourt, three Americans and 11 other hostages were rescued from leftist guerrillas by Colombian troops on Wednesday after years in captivity, the government said.</p>
  • Nicaragua's Ortega eulogizes dead Colombian rebel leader, slams capitalist 'tyranny'

    05/26/2008 1:14:09 AM PDT · by Dawnsblood · 8 replies · 175+ views
    Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega is expressing his condolences over the death of the leader of Colombia's largest rebel group, calling him "our brother" in the fight against social injustice. Ortega spoke Sunday in Uruguay at a gathering of leftist parties and organizations in Latin America. He praised rebel commander Manuel Marulanda, who the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia confirmed died in March of a heart attack. Ortega called Marulanda an "extraordinary fighter" who struggled for decades to reverse "profound inequalities." The Nicaraguan president urged attendees at the Sao Paulo Forum to topple "the tyranny of global capitalism," and accused Washington...
  • Mr. Chávez’s Unsavory Friends

    05/24/2008 10:14:47 PM PDT · by Dawnsblood · 14 replies · 180+ views
    NY Times ^ | 5/25/08
    President Hugo Chávez of Venezuela has been caught. Despite his protestations of innocence, Interpol has corroborated the authenticity of thousands of computer files captured during a Colombian Army raid on a FARC rebel camp in Venezuela. Only a small share of this trove has been released, but it leaves little doubt that Venezuela has been aiding the guerrillas’ effort to overthrow Colombia’s democratically elected government. The Colombian government released documents from the computers that suggest Venezuelan intelligence officials tried to secure weapons for the FARC and that Mr. Chávez’s government offered the rebels oil and a $250 million loan. Information...
  • De-Romanticizing the FARC

    04/03/2008 8:41:44 AM PDT · by moderatewolverine · 10 replies · 89+ views
    National Review ^ | April 3, 2008 | Anthony Daniels
    Lenin once diagnosed his opponents as suffering from an infantile disorder. Who could blame President Uribe of Colombia if he came to the same conclusion about the other presidents of the South American republics? The disorder is characterized by revolutionary romanticism, the view that anyone who takes up arms against an established government in the name of social justice must be motivated by a deep love of humanity. To believe this, it is necessary to understand neither history nor human nature. To pretend to believe it requires considerable cynicism and moral turpitude.
  • Colombia offers to free rebels in Betancourt swap

    03/28/2008 12:32:27 AM PDT · by HAL9000 · 2 replies · 228+ views
    Reuters (excerpt) ^ | March 28, 2008 | Hugh Bronstein
    Excerpt - BOGOTA, March 28 (Reuters) - Colombia will free hundreds of guerrilla fighters if rebel leaders release politician Ingrid Betancourt, who is in ill health after being held hostage for years in secret jungle camps, the government said. President Alvaro Uribe signed a decree late on Thursday allowing the massive release of guerrillas from jail if French-Colombian Betancourt, kidnapped during her 2002 presidential campaign and ailing from hepatitis B, is set free, Peace Commissioner Luis Carlos Restrepo told reporters. The decree was a bid to speed up efforts at swapping rebel-held politicians, police and soldiers for jailed guerrillas after...
  • The FARC's Guardian Angel (HUGO TRYING TO DEPOSE URIBE!!)

    03/10/2008 7:40:25 AM PDT · by milwguy · 12 replies · 512+ views
    wash post ^ | 3/10/2008 | jackson diehl
    But in their totality, the hundreds of pages of documents so far made public by Colombia paint an even more chilling picture. The raid appears to have preempted a breathtakingly ambitious "strategic plan" agreed on by Chávez and the FARC with the initial goal of gaining international recognition for a movement designated a terrorist organization by both the United States and Europe. Chávez then intended to force Colombian President Álvaro Uribe to negotiate a political settlement with the FARC, and to promote a candidate allied with Chávez and the FARC to take power from Uribe. All this is laid out...
  • The Chávez Democrats

    03/10/2008 5:43:31 AM PDT · by Brilliant · 21 replies · 881+ views
    WSJ ^ | March 10, 2008 | WSJ
    What is it about Democrats and Hugo Chávez? Even as the Venezuelan strongman was threatening war last week against Colombia, Congress was threatening to hand him a huge strategic victory by spurning Colombia's free trade overtures to the U.S. This isn't the first time Democrats have come to Mr. Chávez's aid, but it would be the most destructive. The Venezuelan is engaged in a high-stakes competition over the political and economic direction of Latin America. He wants the region to follow his path of ever greater state control of the economy, while assisting U.S. enemies wherever he can. He's already...
  • The Israel of Latin America

    03/09/2008 2:00:03 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 6 replies · 416+ views
    townhall.com ^ | March 6, 2008 | Rich Lowry
    Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez reached for what he considered the ultimate insult when he called Colombia "the new Israel." If by that he means a country better governed than its immediate neighbors, that dares to protect itself against terrorists across its border despite getting bludgeoned for it by the international left -- he had a point. Colombia killed Raul Reyes, the second in command of the narco-terrorist Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), in a raid about two miles inside Ecuador. Usually when a terrorist leader dies, it's cause for celebration. But Ecuador broke off diplomatic relations, and Chavez mobilized...
  • Seized Laptop Shows Chavez-Rebel Ties

    03/05/2008 1:24:41 AM PST · by Jet Jaguar · 24 replies · 578+ views
    AP via brietbart ^ | Mar 5, 2008 | FRANK BAJAK
    BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) - A single laptop can reveal much, and so it is with the digital treasure chest that Colombian commandos found in the jungle quarters of slain rebel leader Raul Reyes. Files in the computer seized in Saturday's raid into Ecuador that claimed the lives of Reyes and 23 of his comrades offer an intimate portrait of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez's desire to undermine Colombia's U.S.-allied government. If authentic, the documents show that sympathies Chavez first aired publicly in January grew out of a relationship that dates back more than a decade. But Chavez is not one of...
  • Colombia Seeks Criminal Charges Against Chavez for Allegedly Aiding in Mass Murders

    03/04/2008 8:53:33 AM PST · by DFG · 19 replies · 82+ views
    Foxnews.com ^ | 03/04/08 | AP
    BOGOTA, Colombia — President Alvaro Uribe said Tuesday that his government would ask the International Criminal Court to try Venezuelan leader Hugo Chavez for financing and supporting Colombia's main rebel group while it was engaging in genocide. The Uribe government claims documents found in the laptop of a slain commander of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia indicate Chavez's government recently gave $300 million to the group known as the FARC