fiscal cliff update................From The Progressive
''The main purpose of expanding these bases is to take strategic
control of Latin America,” opposition senator Jorge Enrique Robledo of
the Polo Democrático Alternativo told me over the phone from Bogotá.
Every president in South America outside of Colombia is against the
bases agreement, with Hugo Chávez of neighboring Venezuela being the
most critical. Chávez said that by signing the deal the United States
was blowing “winds of war” over the region, and that the bases were “a
threat against us.''