South command transferred a C-130 to Colombian’s Army through “the Excess Defense Article program grant” . What that’s mean?
The Excess Defense Articles (EDA) program provides one means by which the United States can advance foreign policy objectives assisting friendly and allied nations through provision of equipment excess to the requirements of its own defense forces.
With these details, Colombia’s commitment is further strengthened, made by the United States government, which is a danger for the region, since it limits its decisions on international issues, they will not have their own criteria, they will continue to be a maneuver of the EE.UU. in the South American continent and no less important now they will have to bear the maintenance costs or if it breaks or something, you will tell me what you can expect from a plane from 1954, and now they own a C-130 1954.
Officially the United States has seven military bases in Colombia
The 2009 military agreement between Colombia and the United States was a military-type bilateral agreement between the governments of former Colombian President Álvaro Uribe and the American Barack Obama, with which both countries sought to more effectively combat drug trafficking in Colombia and terrorism. The United States would be allowed greater access to 7 military bases, including the Palanquero Military Base, which is considered strategic due to its position on the American continent. The agreement didn’t receive the endorsement of the Colombian Constitutional Court, so it was not ratified.
The bases are those of Malambo, Atlántico; Palanquero, in the Magdalena Medio; Apiay, in Meta; the naval bases of Cartagena and the Pacific; and now, the Tolemaida training center and the Larandia Army base, in Caquetá.
So since they’re …
Supposedly to fight drug trafficking, but since this operation has been numbers are confirmed by the consumption of cocaine increasing in the United States, the coca leaf plantations increasing in Colombia, and the internal war they have every day is bloodier.
The presence of foreign military personnel is accompanied by a high rate of sexual crimes against women and girls. In a generalized way, almost all of these crimes go unpunished because normally when US military personnel enter other countries they are covered by the Agreement on the Status of Forces (SOFA), which establishes immunity for US personnel (military and civil) and their families by protecting them against any legal action in the host country.
Let us remember that in Colombia there is a history of rape committed by the US military. The best known is a case in Melgar – Cundinamarca, where in 2006 a mother reported the rape of her daughter, a twelve-year-old girl, by two US soldiers. The military returned to the US and the case went unpunished. In addition, thirty-five other similar cases are being investigated.
So that’s just a gift for the media photo, to consolidate its invasion in Colombia, and to dispose a 1954 scrap that what it brings is expenses, and confirm that in the great geopolitical game Colombia is US territory.
It is to remember and I always say it, friendship is not demonstrated by giving what you have left over, but by giving what you don’t have.