New Front in the “War on Terror™?”

We can probably expect some new war rhetoric from the Bush administration against Ecuador after they refused to extend a 1993 investment treaty with the U.S.:

“This treaty has caused our country a lot of problems,” [Foreign Affairs Minister Maria] Espinosa told Ecuadorian television. “We think that this treaty doesn’t represent our national interests.”

The treaty, signed in 1993, aims to protect investment in both countries and forbids the expropriation or nationalization of investment without proper compensation.

Los Angeles-based Occidental Petroleum has used the treaty for support in an arbitration claim filed against Ecuador for terminating its contract last year.

Oh-oh…Ecuador is messing with a U.S. oil company. I wouldn’t be surprised to hear that “alternative intelligence estimates” have identified Ecuador as a country harboring al Qaeda.

Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa [...] has publicly criticized Washington’s foreign policy in the region and called President George W. Bush a “dimwitted” leader.

Double Oh-oh. No doubt Ecuador is hiding Saddam’s WMD, as well.

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3 Responses to “New Front in the “War on Terror™?””

  1. GeoCrackr Says:

    I think that ordinarily you’d be right — and in fact we might still see at least some of the rhetoric you’re talking about, at least in the NYT and the Wa (Com)Post — except that the Cheney administration have found themselves overcommitted in Iraq (and in threatening Iran) and unable to address any other “threat” because of sheer lack of resources to do so. If that weren’t the case I would think that we’d already be in Venezuela, which has posed a long-standing “threat” both in terms of Chavez’s telling the IMF/World Bank to fuck off and because of the example Chavez has set for countries like, say, Ecuador.

  2. Darryl Says:

    Hi GeoCrackr,

    I think that ordinarily you’d be right

    Well…I wrote this post with tongue in cheek….

    “If that weren’t the case I would think that we’d already be in Venezuela, which has posed a long-standing “threat” both in terms of Chavez’s telling the IMF/World Bank to fuck off and because of the example Chavez has set for countries like, say, Ecuador.”

    Not to mention having the audacity to offer heating-oil grants to suffering U.S. communities….

  3. CoolAqua Says:

    I think you have nailed it. Start the timer and lets see how many days until Pat Robertson starts making derogatory comments about President Correa….

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