According to Phil Stewart’s article (Reuters) “Ecuador wants military base in Miami” President Rafael Correa, Ecuador’s President, said Washington must let him open a military base in Miami if the United States wants to keep using an air base on Ecuador’s Pacific coast. He has refused to renew Washington’s lease on the Manta air base, set to expire in 2009.
"We'll renew the base on one condition: that they let us put a base in Miami -- an Ecuadorean base," Correa said in an interview during a trip to Italy."If there's no problem having foreign soldiers on a country's soil, surely they'll let us have an Ecuadorean base in the United States."Correa, had promised to cut off his arm before extending the lease that ends in 2009 and has called U.S. President George W. Bush a "dimwit".