Comments on: FARC Killed 11 Kidnapped Politicians due to a Mistake http://www.poliblogger.com/?p=12308 A rough draft of my thoughts... Thu, 04 Oct 2007 20:51:58 +0000 http://wordpress.org/?v=2.0.4 by: The Florida Masochist http://www.poliblogger.com/?p=12308#comment-1363878 Mon, 30 Jul 2007 14:09:21 +0000 http://www.poliblogger.com/?p=12308#comment-1363878 <strong>Grave mistake</strong> FARC is investigating the deaths of 11 men who died after they kidnapped them. Is Farc pretending to be a government agency? For its normal bureaucratic speak to say 'we're investigating' after a fiasco or tragedy occurs. Grave mistake

FARC is investigating the deaths of 11 men who died after they kidnapped them. Is Farc pretending to be a government agency? For its normal bureaucratic speak to say ‘we’re investigating’ after a fiasco or tragedy occurs.

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by: Captain D. http://www.poliblogger.com/?p=12308#comment-1363872 Mon, 30 Jul 2007 07:55:20 +0000 http://www.poliblogger.com/?p=12308#comment-1363872 It's easy to forget about Columbia, with the bigger fish of American security frying in Iraq and Afghanistan. Odd because when I was in the 82nd Airborne in 2000 - before 9/11 - a lot of our training anticipated eventual US military intervention in Columbia, and many of our field training events were simulated airfield seizures and follow-on missions against the FARC. At that time there was a great deal of concern about money being allocated by congress to help prop the Columbian government up in the face of growing FARC power, and that allocation started to include things like Blackhawk helicopters. A lot of people saw it as a precursor to direct military intervention. I wonder if things might have gone that route if the 9/11 attacks hadn't happened. At least from a military point of view it seems like south america was dropped like a hot potato and hasn't been touched since. Not saying I'm complaining. The Columbian jungle is not a good place for US paratroopers to be. It’s easy to forget about Columbia, with the bigger fish of American security frying in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Odd because when I was in the 82nd Airborne in 2000 - before 9/11 - a lot of our training anticipated eventual US military intervention in Columbia, and many of our field training events were simulated airfield seizures and follow-on missions against the FARC. At that time there was a great deal of concern about money being allocated by congress to help prop the Columbian government up in the face of growing FARC power, and that allocation started to include things like Blackhawk helicopters. A lot of people saw it as a precursor to direct military intervention.

I wonder if things might have gone that route if the 9/11 attacks hadn’t happened. At least from a military point of view it seems like south america was dropped like a hot potato and hasn’t been touched since.

Not saying I’m complaining. The Columbian jungle is not a good place for US paratroopers to be.

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