In mid-April, the Summit of the Americas was held in Cartagena, Colombia. Of course, the Summit will be most remembered for the scandal of the U.S. Secret Service who were there to prepare the way for the visit by President Obama, but who were more interested in bedding down prostitutes and then refusing to pay.

However, two important, and equally disturbing, developments also came out of the summit: (1) President Obama announced that the U.S. would be implementing the Free Trade Agreement (FTA) with Colombia this month; and (2) Obama announced that the U.S would be sending U.S. brigade commanders to advise the Colombian military and police in their counter-insurgency campaign. While the former announcement was widely publicized, the latter was not — this, despite the fact that both policies are closely related.

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