Last week Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa said a mouthful. When asked by Pulitzer-Prize-winning reporter Amy Goodman why he has decided not to renew a contract on the U.S. military base in Manta (one of the largest U.S. bases in Latin America), he replied with his usual toothy grin: “Why renew it? Now, if you’d like, I would renew it with one condition: that they allow me to set up an Ecuadorian military base here in New York. If there’s no problem with foreign bases, then let’s reach an agreement on that.”
How ’bout it, folks? Do we have a deal?
Correa is just one of a growing number of Latin American leaders tugging on Uncle Sam’s beard in defiance of centuries of U.S. military and economic domination of the region. In recent years he has attempted to purge the military and police from CIA control, as well as expelling an American diplomat, charging him with treating Ecuador like “a colony.”
For the whole interview: http://www.democracynow.org/2009/6/29/ecuadoran_president_rafael_correa_on_global