Expansion of U.S.-Colombian Military Cooperation

March 3, 2014

The U.S. is responsible for making Colombia today's “largest security exporter” of the Latin American region, according to General John Kelly, Commander of U.S. Southern Command (SOUTHCOM) in his annual “Posture Statement” submitted to the House Armed Service Committee on February 26.

According to Kelly, the U.S. government has been carrying out training operations with the armies of local regimes and integrating these armies directly under its command.

The U.S. government's strategy includes plans to use “professionalized security forces” (read: death squads) trained in the U.S. and Colombia as well as other countries in the region. The U.S. is training soldiers for military operations not only in Latin America, but also for operations in Afghanistan and elsewhere.

Not satisfied with being the main prop for fascist and reactionary regimes in Latin America and the Caribbean, the U.S. government is increasingly working to draw reactionary governments into the Pentagon's world-wide war strategy.