Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Why I've grown to like President Juan Manuel Santos of Colombia

He's got cojones.

Today sees the big anti-drug meeting in Guatemala called "The International Conference for Strategic Security Support in Central America" (Conferencia Internacional de Apoyo a la Estrategia de Seguridad en Centroamérica) which includes all the local bigwigs of all countries, Presidents, Defence and Interior Ministers etc etc. When it was President Santos's turn to speak in the day's keynote address, he said this (translated):
"Their [the narcotraffickers] capacity for corruption goes far beyond what we can imagine. I assure you, and forgive me for being so frank, that here in this meeting there are many people on the narcotraffickers' payrolls and who are informing the narcos what's happening here in real time."
Damn, I like it when politicos drop the bullshit and tell it how it is.