Eviction notice for U.S. air base

I have reported previously on the contretemps that had arisen from the United States having an air base in Ecuador. Well, the controversy continues.

Apparently, President Correa's ultimatum (to reciprocate with a base for Ecuador in Miami!) has not been addressed by the White House, and so the U.S. military has been notified that they must leave when their lease expires next year.

Although the base in Manta is not of any great strategic importance to the U.S, it must be felt as a stinging slap in the face for U.S. military diplomacy, if that's not an oxymoron . With 730 military installations and air bases in more than 50 countries, this can only be characterised as the beginning of the beginning.