YANQUIS? WE DON' NEED NO STINKIN' YANQUIS!
(How did Naboa, Ecuador's wealthiest man, earn his "billions"? He inherited his father's banana business. Insert dated Latin-American government joke here: _______.)
So what do these two stories have to do with each other? For starters, Correa ran on a ticket calling for Ecuador to cut ties to the World Bank and the IMF, plus he "wants to hold a referendum to rewrite the constitution to reduce the power of traditional parties and limit U.S. military activities in Ecuador."
Kind of like Bush is trying to do with some of NATO's poorer countries, like Latvia and Estonia, plus non-NATO War On Terror ally, Jordan. Seems that those in the know are concerned that most NATO members aren't spending quite the same percentage of GDP on defense that the US spends.
Those ungrateful bastards.
So the goal seems to be, let's pressure these nations to spend more! For example, "[s]ome members have agreed to buy the alliance four C-17 transport planes." The C-17? That'd be the transport plane produced by Boeing Integrated Defense Systems.
Military-industrial complex, indeed.
And why are these Fair-Weather Allies failing to work with America, to America's standards, in the Global War On Terror? Michele Flournoy, senior adviser at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, told reporters that "Many of the European nations, particularly the smaller and medium-sized powers, are hitting the budgetary wall."
Haven't they heard of deficit spending? They won't be happy til the Muslim hordes overrun their Christian ramparts.Makes you wonder why folks like Chavez & Morales haven't started winning yet in Eastern Europe. How long til they do?
I don't like Chavez, or Morales, or Correa from what I've heard. I'm not even sure how I feel about Lula or Kirchner. But you know what, I'm not Venezuelan or Bolivian or Ecuadorian, so it doesn't matter what I think. It matters what they think. And the US leadership ignores this phenomenon at its peril.