Of all the U. S. officials oozing into South America over the last several weeks, Secretary of Defense, Jim Mattis is, perhaps, the most concerning. After meeting with his Brazilian counterpart, Mattis announced that Brazil should lead the solution to the Venezuela crisis. When the U. S. military chief gives a green light to his Brazilian counterpart to solve the problems of Venezuela, it can only mean a military intervention. And, such an intervention, can only be “successful” if a coup or worse is at the core.
The idea that Brazil could be the “fixer” of anything is absurd. Michel Temer is a suave, rich attorney and former Brazilian vice-president. Yet, he will never escape the fact that he is, and forever will be, the un-elected president of Brazil. In May 2016, then vice-president Temer succeeded in his collaboration with legislators to frame and impeach democratically-elected president, Dilma Rousseff, creating the vacancy he needed to ascend to the presidency. If you add to Temer’s theft of the electoral will of the people, a Brazilian military of legendary brutality and a national police best known for extra-judicial executions and combine it with Temer’s policies to decimate social and economic advances, the absurdity is glaring. The point is that Brazil could use a little guidance from Venezuela on how to be courageous enough to build an inclusive and equitable society.
Mattis knows he’s on shaky ground suggesting Brazil has the credentials to solve Venezuela’s crisis. This is evidenced in a press gaggle aboard his plane on his way to Brazil. Mattis praised Brazil effusively for its military and democratic values and then, this:
What small issues may come up between the nations, it always (inaudible) politically, diplomatically, economically, I just say, military to military we very much see the world the same way based on my study, my preparations this trip.Brazil also plays — I’d say their example plays a critical role in maintaining regional security and opposing any kind of undemocratic and destabilizing maxims.
I would point to Venezuela as an example. Brazil’s an example. Like all democracies, sometimes they’re very raucous, like our own right now, but the bottom line is, that’s what a democracy is. That’s how people get their voice heard. And it’s a system that listens to its people in Brazil, versa the Cuban or Venezuelan model that penalizes people for speaking out.
And so for going down there now, I said earlier I’m going to do a lot of listening. The U.S. military, we see mil-to-mil relationships. Always it’s a two-way street.
Given that Mattis is the rabid dog roaming South America, we should pay close attention. Brazil sent troops to the border with Venezuela two days ago, ostensibly to help deal with the increased numbers of Venezuelans wishing to migrate.