I’ll leave it to others to figure out what exactly is happening in
Since December 2005, representatives of the ELN guerrillas and the Colombian government have had on-again, off-again meetings in
And Rodrigo Granda, the “foreign minister” of the FARC guerrillas, traveled to
But it is interesting to watch all this in light of the State Department’s perennial assertion that the presence of Colombian guerrillas in
President Bush is a big fan of Colombian President Alvaro Uribe. This is how he began his answer to a general question about the “situation in
THE PRESIDENT: Sí, thank you. First, I am a big admirer of mi amigo, Presidente Uribe. He’s strong -- that's the President of Colombia. (Laughter and applause.) He’s strong, he’s courageous, and he believes in democracy. And he was -- he started off in a really very tough problem, and that is dealing with a very rich group of people who are violent, but didn't necessarily agree with democracy. And I admire the way he has led his nation.
This is what President Uribe said July 3 while discussing the potential for an accord with the ELN: “I have to thank President Castro for all the help