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Wednesday, April 05, 2006

America’s Next Military Operation: Paraguay??

The United States military has been performing secret operations in Paraguay, not too far from the Bolivian border. Supposedly these operations are only related to terrorism and the War on Drugs. And if you believe that…

About 500 American troops arrived at a Paraguayan military base last July. This base is 124 miles from Bolivia. Human rights workers in the area are concerned that this buildup — combined with rhetoric about terrorism — is reminiscent of the buildup to the Iraqi invasion.

This base is capable of housing 16,000 troops. It’s too large to be needed by the small Paraguayan army. It was constructed in the 1980s by American technicians during the reign of Paraguayan dictator Alfredo Stroessner. It’s already equipped with a large radar system, huge hangars and an air traffic control tower.

The Guarani Aquifer — one of the world’s largest water reserves — is near this base. The base is also close to Bolivia’s natural gas reserves. Bolivia’s new Leftist leader, Evo Morales, has talked about nationalizing their natural gas supply (the second largest in Latin America). Global corporations don’t like this idea, and they might be asking their private army (America) to do something about it.

Argentinian Nobel Peace Prize laureate Adolfo Perez Esquivel talked about American troops arriving in Paraguay. He said “Once the United States arrives, it takes a long time to leave. And that really frightens me.”

A Paraguayan defense analyst said the location of the base “is ideal because it is operable throughout the year ... I am sure that the U.S. presence will increase.”

The American Embassy in Paraguay officially denies any intent to set up military operations in Paraguay. However, there’s an $80 million American military base in Ecuador, and those same denials were issued while that base was being set up. It’s official purpose was for “weather monitoring.” And now the base is heavily involved in “security-related” missions. So, we’ll see…

A Paraguayan political analyst said “In practice, there has already been a U.S. base operating in Paraguay for over 50 years. In the past, they needed congressional authorization every six months, but now they have been granted permission to be here for a year and a half.” American troops in Paraguay now have total immunity from national and international criminal courts. This immunity lasts until December 2006 but can easily be extended.

Since 2004, the U.S. has been pressuring Peru, Ecuador, Venezuela and Paraguay into signing a deal to grant immunity to the U.S. military. The Bush administration threatened to deny the countries up to $24.5 million in economic and military aid if they refused to sign the immunity deal. So far Paraguay has been the only country to accept this offer.

So, summing up: Bolivia has a new Leftwing leader who’s hated and feared by Neocons and Big Business. There’s been lots of speculation about American military and intelligence operations inducing a coup in Bolivia. And now the U.S. is setting up a huge military base in Paraguay near the Bolivian border.

Think there's any connection?

cross-posted at Bring It On!


Blogger Kathleen Callon said...

What?! We need to get some sane people in the White House. Next to no one likes them... are they going to exterminate the whole world?

April 6, 2006 at 10:12 AM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

Kathleen Callon: Sane people in the White House? That would sure be nice. Maybe someday...

April 6, 2006 at 11:28 AM  
Blogger Snave said...

This is the first I've heard of any secretive U.S. operations in Paraguay... thanks for posting this, Tom. It makes me wonder how many other similar operations our government has going in other countries which border those run by leaders the administration doesn't like. Knowing the Bush administration, there are probably at least a dozen others. Gee, how many U.S. troops would it take to conquer Bolivia? Maybe 10,000 plus some airpower? Scheise...

I guess if the plan is for America to take over the world, it has to be done in secretive baby steps. Having a war going on in Iraq seems to be a great distractor for lots of other things, and not just things going on here at home.

April 6, 2006 at 11:33 AM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

Snave: Yeah, who knows what other secret military operations our government is planning? Every time a story like this comes out (this was from Project Censored), it just seems like it's probably the tip of the iceberg.

Of course if we invade Bolivia, it'll be a cakewalk and our soldiers will be greeted as liberators.

April 6, 2006 at 1:45 PM  
Blogger Snave said...

Right, same with Iran!

Supposedly there are government people who believe that if we bomb Iran, the people will lose faith in their icky leader and depose him. Right...

April 8, 2006 at 8:15 PM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

Snave: Ah yes, grateful Iranians (or Bolivians) will greet our troops as liberators. I seriously doubt if that's ever happened throughout history -- that a country gets conquered and the citizens are grateful to the conqueror for "liberating" them. And yet that's what our "leaders" keep expecting to happen. Hasn't happened yet and it never will.

April 9, 2006 at 3:25 AM  
Blogger evolouie said...

Go check this out, about Paraguay Base and bush's new Ranch in exile



October 31, 2006 at 10:44 AM  

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