Last month, the U.S. denied that they were setting up military bases in Colombia, claiming that the new arrangement to lease up to seven military bases in Colombia was simply for “fighting drug traffickers.”
This didn’t pass the smell test for Venezuela’s Chavez and Bolivia’s Morales, who were concerned about having these military bases in their back yards.
Now Evo Morales has announced that Bolivia plans to buy six military aircraft “to fight drug traffickers.”
“Last week we issued a supreme decree to … acquire six K-8 aircraft from China,” said Morales in a speech in La Paz to mark the 52nd anniversary of the Bolivian Air Force.
“The aircraft purchase is aimed at the fight against drug trafficking and not … any arms race,” he added.
This, after the U.S. blocked them from purchasing Czech planes.
Morales’ main regional ally, Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, is also buying Chinese K-8 to be used to pursue cocaine flights. They replace a purchase of Brazilian Super Tucanos blocked by a US arms embargo.
Sure is handy to have that drug war, isn’t it?