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Rumsfeld's Visit a Costly One

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Issue: 6 Section: International News Geography: Latin America Colombia Topics: donald rumsfeld

August 23, 2003

Rumsfeld's Visit a Costly One

When US Secretary of Defense, Donald Rumsfeld, visited Columbia on August 19th, 2003, as many as 13,000 police officers and soldiers were assigned to ensure his safety for the short eight hour stay. The trip was part of a two day visit to the region, which also included a stop in Honduras.

Rumsfeld was in Columbia to provide some support for the country's anti drug campaign. The Columbians have drawn up a wish list of further aid that would help, such as real time satellite information. It is thought that the Bush administration will look favorably upon the requests; guerillas currently hold three US intelligence operatives who were captured when their plane crashed in rebel territory.

Over the past four years, the US has invested nearly $3B in Plan Columbia which is designed to reduce drug flow from that country-much of which ends up on US streets. (BBC, El Colombiano)

--MICHAEL HUNTER

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