History weighs as Obama, Santos plot Colombia peace

The United States has plowed billions in military aid to conflict-torn Colombia over the past decade and a half, and on Thursday President Barack Obama will be asked to fund the peace. The plan launched by president Bill Clinton and continued by George W. Bush, the effort to counter Colombia’s drug cartels and leftist FARC rebels is hailed in Washington as a bipartisan success story. “The (Santos) visit recognizes one of the premier foreign policy successes for the United States,” said the National Security Council’s director for Western Hemisphere Affairs, Mark Feierstein.

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