Confirmed - 567th Red Horse Squadron Building Military Base "For The Panamanians"
Wednesday, May 26 2010 @ 01:24 pm EDT
Contributed by: Don Winner
So, What's Wrong With That? Not a damn thing. The administration of Ricardo Martinelli will have to deal with the fact that this whole thing is now out in the open, and that they have been caught in a lie. They have been saying from day one that the new Aero Naval Counter Drug bases would be built by Panamanians and occupied by Panamanians. Personally, I think it's a great thing that the Red Horse guys are here and doing their work. I think it's unfortunate that the PRD is trying to toss down some banana peels for the administration to slip and fall. However - this entire evolution highlights the relative inability of the Martinelli administration to deal with information management. The US Air Force is building a runway - so friggin' what? The problem lies in the political reality on the ground in Panama that there are still some people, and mind you it's only about 10% to 15% of the population, who harbor really hard-core anti-US military sentiments. It's not that they don't like your standard Gringo retiree - they don't like the US military, which is different. In any case, Martinelli could invite the press to tour the new facility tomorrow and interview the Red Horse guys on the ground, explain what they are doing and why, and the vast majority of Panamanians would love it, approve, and think it's a good thing. The PRD can "make something" out of all this only because the administration is trying to hide it, which is unfortunate.
Copyright 2010 by Don Winner for Panama-Guide.com. Go ahead and use whatever you like as long as you credit the source. Salud.