Saturday, June 14, 2008
Plan Colombia, Forward Operating Locations, and a Buncha Other Stuff
Out of nowhere, a Colombian newspaper, Cambio, quoted me on the future of Forward Operating Locations in the context of Plan Colombia. The story involves the ouster from Ecuador of the US FOB at Manta, and its replacement by the German Olano Air Base in Palanquero, Colombia. I've given a couple talks on counterinsurgency policy in Latin America, and did an article five years ago on the rise of Forward Operating Locations and Forward Operating Bases - which since have become a staple in Iraq. But I'll be durned if I know where Cambio picked up these specific quotes!