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Estadao, Brazil

Brazil's Foolhardy Treatment of America and Embrace of Iran


"On top of the megalomania that guides him, the president seems convinced that the country's image in the world will be boosted as long as Brazilian foreign policy is characterized by disputes with the United States. … The 'man' as people say of Lula, got along better with the dim-witted Texan."




Translated By Brandi Miller


December 16, 2009


Brazil - Estadao - Original Article (Portuguese)

Foreign Minister Celso Amorim left to Marco Aurélio Garcia, President Lula's foreign policy adviser, and Antônio Patriota, the secretary general of Itamaraty [the Foreign Ministry], the task of meeting U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemispheric Affairs Arturo Valenzuela when he began his first official visit to the region in Brasília. Based on the premise that a diplomat of his importance should only speak to his peers - and those of higher rank - Foreign Minister Amorim must have imagined that if he sat at the table with the Department of State's top official for the Americas, it would have been a public belittlement of Brazil by the U.S. - as if the stature of a nation on the international scene would improve by obsessing on such petty details. A skilled diplomat, U.S. Assistant Secretary Valenzuela paid no attention to this. After two hours with presidential adviser Garcia, he declared, "it was a great conversation. We have our differences, which is to be expected." The response from his spokesperson was similarly friendly and conciliatory.


Such childishness punctuates the Lula government's policy regarding the country that counts the most in the world. A few weeks ago, Brasília committed the impropriety of disclosing a private message from Obama to Lula, which was faxed to the Planalto [President's Office] not coincidentally, on the eve of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's visit. Viewed from Washington, the letter was a nod to Brazil. To make matters worse, presidential adviser Garcia was permitted to say that the conduct of the American president left a "taste of disappointment." Ironically, when the tenant of the White House was named George W. Bush, the Brazilian attitude toward the U.S. was much more pleasant. The "man" as people say of Lula, got along better with the dim-witted Texan. Lula, as we know, abhors cerebral leaders and has a compulsion to prove that he's superior to them. This circumstance offers a glimpse of Lula's provocative diplomacy in regard to the Americans.


On top of the megalomania that guides him, the president seems convinced that the country's image in the world will be boosted as long as Brazilian foreign policy is characterized by disputes with the United States over and above the normal divergences of bilateral relations. This nonsense is inflated by an anti-Americanism that is reminiscent of the military dictatorship under Ernesto Geisel (photo, left). Confusing assertive diplomacy with the search for pretexts to create waves, the Foreign Ministry only rarely, and only ostensibly, to minimize friction with Washington. Meanwhile, emphasizing Obama's policy of dialogue, his envoy to Latin America gave his view of these strains. "We just have different assessments on certain types of issues," said Valenzuela to Brazilian journalists before leaving. The first of these issues is the nuclear policy of Iran.


More than the welcome of Ahmadinejad, what discomfited the U.S. was Lula's endorsement of the unsettling Iranian project. Tehran, he declared, "has the right to develop a nuclear program for peaceful purposes." And this, after everything Tehran has done to hide its activities in this area from international inspectors, after sanctions were imposed by the U.N. Security Council and after it refused to send uranium abroad for it to be enriched sufficiently for civilian applications. Lula thinks Brazil can mediate between Iran and the U.S. This is the same sense of self-importance that lead him to talk of promoting peace between Israelis and Palestinians and to forget that no Foreign Ministry initiative to resolve disagreements between neighbors has ever produced results - not between Argentina and Uruguay over the issue of paper mills, or between Venezuela and Colombia over the Colombian-American military agreement.  



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Brazil is indirectly falling subordinate to Hugo Chávez, a supporter of the Union of South American Nations, which is merely a despicable attempt to create a regional forum without the presence of the United States. In the case of the Honduran crisis, Washington's realism, by acknowledging that the presidential elections zeroed out the problem of the ouster of President Manuel Zelaya, has demonstrated the futility of Brazil's alignment with the owner of the big hat that has adorned the embassy in Tegucigalpa for the past three months [Zelayatook refuge there after Hunduran defense forces threatened him with expulsion]. The Foreign Ministry's anti-American fixation is just another type of Chavism.





































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