We’ve had incredible success in helping to stabilize the country over the last 20 years. We can’t give up now. [...] The task force’s recommendations are guided by an acknowledgment of what remains to be done. New illegal networks are moving in to fill the void left by the FARC’s demobilization, coca cultivation is on the rise, and the slow expansion of the state’s presence in remote areas means marginalized populations continue to be victimized and recruited into organized crime. These challenges aren’t insurmountable, but American monitoring and assistance will be crucial in overcoming them [...]The U.S. should allocate resources to assist in the process while helping to ensure accountability in recognition of the primacy of victims’ rights National Review
Bush left office in January 2009. In his last week, he hung the Presidential Medal of Freedom around the necks of three heads of state, three close allies: Tony Blair of Britain, John Howard of Australia, and Uribe.
"To virtually everyone I meet in Bogotá, I pose a question: Why sit down with these brutes and killers — the FARC — in the first place? Why? Why should civilization have to sit down with barbarism? Is the FARC simply too difficult to defeat militarily, even though they are now a relatively small band? As Mary O’Grady wrote, President Santos “treated the FARC as the moral equivalent of the democracy.” From different Colombians, I get different answers. But the consensus seems to be something like this: The cost of finishing off the FARC in the field would be very high — high in blood and treasure. If you can finish them off by other means, do so. Do it with a treaty, if you have to. But make that treaty as workable and palatable as possible".