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Bush solves drug war failures in Colombia

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CRAWFORD, Texas, Aug 4 (Reuters) – U.S. President George W. Bush pledged on Thursday to sustain funding for Colombia’s fight against drugs and violence even as a senior State Department official said Washington would like to reduce its anti-narcotics aid.

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“And we’ll ask the Congress to sustain our commitment to follow-on programs for Plan Colombia so Colombia can build on its progress and win its war against the narcoterrorists,” Bush told reporters before getting behind the wheel of his white pickup truck to give Uribe a tour of his 1,600-acre (650-hectare) ranch.

Words fail me.

Their meeting came in the same week Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice certified Colombia was respecting human rights and distancing itself from paramilitary groups sufficiently to allow U.S. aid to be given to its military.

Uh huh.

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