'Winds of War'

U.S. to Use Colombia Army Base

After some half-hearted attempts to ease the worries of its South American neighbors, Colombia has reached an agreement that will allow U.S. forces to use its military bases. Colombia has said that the accord is only meant to provide the U.S. with a base of operations in its war on terrorism and drug trafficking, but President Hugo Chavez of Venezuela said the move suggests U.S. forces are preparing to invade his country. He said "the winds of war were beginning to blow" in the region. The presidents of Ecuador, Bolivia, Brazil, and Argentina have expressed concern about the plan and the rising tensions it's causing. Last year, Ecuador gave the boot to U.S. forces stationed at one of its military bases, which is why they are seeking a new home in the region.