Ecuador refuses to renew U.S. base lease
To hear mainstream media tell it, you’d think he wants a military base in Miami:
“Ecuador wants military base in Miami,” The New Zealand Herald, Oct. 23, 2007
“Correa suggests base in Miami,” The Washington Times, Oct. 23, 2007
Did they miss the point?
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.”