Stepped-up U.S. Intervention in Colombia

April 16, 2012

These days, the military ties between the U.S. and Colombian governments are closer than ever.

One of the latest moves of the Obama administration has been to set up Colombian military forces under U.S. brigade commanders.  

U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff Martin Dempsey recently announced a new U.S.-Colombia joint military force called "Joint Task Force Vulcano" which would be officially charged with carrying out military attacks against the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC). The force involves 10,000 Colombian troops and an unspecified number of U.S. forces.  Dempsey also said that the joint task force would involve national police.  During his announcement Dempsey pointed out that the U.S. is already involved in counter-insurgency operations through the Pentagon's Southern Command (Southcom) and civilian agencies within the U.S. government but that what's new is the U.S. supply of "organizational structures, command and control architectures, and intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance capabilities like no other in the world.” 

In other words, the Obama administration is preparing to dramatically escalate the war in Colombia. Already U.S. military advisers are assisting the Colombian army in a counter-insurgency war. Thousands of Colombian troops have been trained by the U.S., and some $7 billion in U.S. military assistance has been sent to the country over the last two decades. This "dirty war" and the fascist methods of the Colombian government (which "boasts" the worst human rights record of government in the world) have claimed the lives of hundreds of thousands of Colombians, displaced another 1.5 million from their homes and been condemned by peoples, governments and human rights groups throughout the world.

The counterinsurgency war which the U.S. is waging in Colombia aims not only at maintaining U.S. economic and political domination of Colombia but also at militarizing the entire region. As the peoples in Venezuela, Ecuador, Brazil, Bolivia and throughout Latin America increasingly come out against U.S. imperialist exploitation and domination, the U.S. is preparing to wage more counter-revolutionary wars.