That's a good point

Ecuador has an offer for the Bush administration. If they want Ecuador to renew the lease the US has on an airbase in Manta, then the US has to allow Ecuador to put one in Miami.

"We'll renew the base on one condition: that they let us put a base in Miami -- an Ecuadorean base," [Ecuadorean President] Correa said in an interview during a trip to Italy.

"If there's no problem having foreign soldiers on a country's soil, surely they'll let us have an Ecuadorean base in the United States."

Back in the old days, if a Latin American leader mouthed off like that, he'd have a CIA-led military coup on his ass inside of six months, and if I were Correa, I'd make trebly sure that my bodyguards had everything they wanted and could possibly dream of in the event of something like that happening.

But what this is really a sign of is the way world opinion of the US has fallen in the last 7 years. When you're a bully in the process of getting your ass handed to you by guys with roadside bombs and little else, it's kind of hard to impose your will on the rest of the world.

Hat tip to Mark Weaver

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