President Mauricio Macri of Argentina has agreed to a U.S. military base in Tierra del Fuego at Argentina’s southern tip and is discussing another in Misiones province at the border with Paraguay and Brazil.
From what threat are these bases supposed to protect the United States?
Opponents of the deal say that these are intended to give the U.S. control over water resources—a big underground aquifer in the north and the portion of the Antarctic ice cap that Argentina claims.
This is not as fantastic as it sounds. Fresh water is becoming an increasingly scarce resource. There are those who say one reason for the invasion of Libya was to get control of the water infrastructure built during the Qaddafi regime.
Another rationale could be to conduct operations against drug traffickers in the interior of South America. I don’t think that would be any more successful that U.S. operations against drug traffickers in Mexico, Colombia and other countries.
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