By Grace Livingstone
The military agreement between the United States and Colombia has caused outcry in Latin America. Many governments suspect that the US is trying to cement its military hegemony in the region and maintain its ability to intervene in the affairs of Latin American countries.
The State Department says that the deal is all about security within Colombia and does not affect other countries, but Pentagon documents show that the US has far wider and more ominous objectives.
An US air force budget justification Bill, sent to Congress last year, states that Palanquero airbase in Colombia “provides an opportunity for conducting full spectrum operations throughout south America.”
Full spectrum operations is Pentagon jargon for dominating the battle space on land, sea, air and space and can include the use of nuclear weapons.