BUSH RENAMES, EXPANDS PLAN COLOMBIA -
ADDS $550 MILLION IN PREP FOR WAR
EQUADOR MOVES 10,000 TROOPS TO COLOMBIAN
LINKAGE BETWEEN DRUG WAR AND WALL STREET
HEALTH BECOMING TRANSPARENT
FTW, March 15, 2001
- Less than a week
after diplomats from 25 Latin American and European countries,
as well as Japan, defied US interests by meeting jointly
with representatives of rebel groups at the invitation
the Colombian government, and just days after two sharp
losses caused the Dow to plunge more than 700 points, President
Bush added $550 million to Plan Colombia and acknowledged
its regional dimensions by re-christening it "The Andean
Initiative." Signaling the opening moves in a regional
war, Equador has simultaneously moved 10,000 troops to
Colombian border in anticipation of increased hostilities
as US military personnel increase air operations from the
US base in the coastal city of Manta. All of these events,
occurring in close proximity, add further credibility to
FTW's long held position that a Vietnam-style conflict
Colombia was essential to prevent the total collapse of
the American stock market.
FTW has previously
documented how an estimated
$250 billion in illegal drug money is laundered through
the US economy annually and how a 1999 "solicitation" by
NYSE Chairman Richard Grasso for the FARC guerillas to
invest their drug profits in Wall Street was summarily
The leftist rebels chose instead to keep their money in
Colombia. Also irritating for the American economy and
is the fact that Colombian rebels, who now control the
third of Colombia, occupy lands estimated to hold billions
of barrels of high grade crude oil sought after by, among
others, Occidental Petroleum.
A total US market collapse, if unchecked,
would also threaten to destabilize the US dollar which is
the dominant reserve currency around the world. That could
have the effect of setting off a worldwide depression similar
to that of 1929-38. As a rapidly coalescing European Union
attempts to find economic strength by distancing itself
from US influence (and instability) the US has countered
with increasing disregard for near unanimous global opposition
to its plans for war. That war will inevitably involve US
military personnel in combat operations.
The strongest confirmation
that we have
seen of the inevitability of war is a report today on www.narconews.com
citing Village Voice media critic Cynthia Cotts who noted
on March 2 that "The New York Times plans to move
Buenos Aires bureau to Bogota or Caracas sometime soon.
Other papers are following suit. The Los Angeles Times
to open a Bogota Bureau next week and the Washington Post
is moving its Caracas bureau chief there as well... Even
the Wall Street Journal recently established an Andean
in Caracas [Venezuela]."
The timeline of recent events tells the
story better than any long narrative. There can be no doubt
that major American media, which also trade their stocks
on Wall Street and has suffered serious losses, was aware
of these developments and has deliberately hidden them from
the American people.
March 7 - While participating in an International
Financial Congress in Moscow focusing on the US economic
crisis, FTW Editor Mike Ruppert offered his opinion that
the US markets would crash, especially if the EU and the
world community found the common voice to oppose American
plans for war in Colombia. Referring to a unanimous (with
one abstention) vote by the EU in February to oppose the
$1.3 billion military aid package, Ruppert suggested that
the way to promote the Euro dollar and insulate fragile
economies like those in Russia and Eastern Europe was to
provide Colombia and South America with the support necessary
to oppose US war plans.
March 8 - As reported by Reuters on March
9, diplomats from 25 countries from Europe and South America,
as well as Japan traveled to rebel held territory in Colombia
at the request of the Colombian government to engage in
dialogue supporting an end to hostilities. Such a peace
initiative, jointly sponsored by Colombian President Andres
Pastrana and the leftist rebels, indicated a split with
US backed moves to train and deploy Colombian combat troops
for an all out offensive against rebel positions. This followed
months of increasing hostilities, aerial spraying of herbicides
on civilian food crops and firefights that have seen US
civilian contractors engaged in combat with rebel troops.
Plans for the meeting were unknown to FTW while in Moscow but they confirmed that European and Asian
intelligence services and foreign ministries were equally
aware of economic vulnerability in the US and opportunities
for European growth and stability if war was successfully
March 12 - The Dow Jones Industrial Average
drops 436 points, the fifth largest one day drop in history.
March 14 - As reported by Agence France
Press (AFP), Equador announces that it has moved 10,000
combat troops to the Colombian border.
March 14 - The Dow drops another 317 points.
March 14 - The AP
reports on expanding
US military operations at the air base at Manta, Equador
where American airmen "armed with M-16 assault rifles" guard
US Navy spy planes as dozens of new bars, motels and
restaurants open up around the $62 million expansion of
runway and maintenance facilities at the base. This in
of the arrival of many more American servicemen.
March 15 - Veteran
journalist Al Giordano
at www.narconews.com catches a story, again by AFP, that
has gone completely unreported by the major US media in
spite of being front page news all over Latin America.
State Department on March 12 held a briefing and issued
a statement from Secretary of State Colin Powell indicating
that the Bush Administration was adding $550 million to
the Colombian military aid package, renamed as The Andean
Initiative, and intentionally widening the effort which
he now officially acknowledged as being a "conflict."
AFP quoted Powell as saying, "The new administration
will try to regionalize the Colombian conflict, so that
the countries in the area recognize that this is their
as much as it is Colombia's."
This announcement, kept a secret from the
American people by our own press, brings the nations of
Peru, Bolivia, Brazil, Venezuela and Panama deliberately
- and as we have been consistently predicting - directly
into the military operations zone.
We have been here before.
It was called Vietnam.