ould it be that Brazil has advocated for the cause of Palestinian statehood, that it has traditionally had amicable relations
with Iran, that it is a member of CELAC (Community of Latin American
and Caribbean States) and UNASUR (Union of South American Nations), or
that it has pressured the US to include Cuba in the meetings of the OAS
(Organization of American States)?
Indeed, Brazil is currently involved
in an $800 million modernization project
of the western harbor of Havana.
Additionally, Brazil has inquired to the US government about a
permanent position on the United Nations Security Council, and the US —
has not responded in the affirmative, that it is interested in
supporting that. Brazil also gave refuge to Honduran President Manuel
Zelaya in its embassy, after the takeover (of the US-supported) coup
Furthermore, President Rousseff has been a cutting and incisive
critic of the Federal Reserve’s quantitative easing policy, and moreover
China has still fairly recently emerged as Brazil’s chief, cardinal —
number one and foremost — trading partner/associate.
A writer in the Financial Times
has even likened Brazil to the France of Latin America. Not obstructing
US hegemony, and an attempted unimpeded global power monopoly; out of
any sound principle, or deeply held belief or vision, but according to
this bourgeois analyst;
“[Brazil is] undermining our initiatives in Iran
or over trade talks…[as a] way of forcing us to pay attention to them.”
Perhaps Obama thinks that Brazil, should be like a child bouncing on
his leg (like the aforementioned FT “pundit”)? And is Brazil’s
insufficient fealty to the Monroe Doctrine, and diktats coming from its
“superior” northern nation, actually what ails this bilateral
rapport/interrelationship? Perhaps, it’s simple envy as Rousseff enjoys a
77% approval rating, she has been seen as an effective battler of corruption, and Brazil’s economy — under her watch — is now considered to be the sixth largest in the world.
In comparison, Obama is trying to sell a non-existent recovery, and
that the Republicans are absolutely, totally, and utterly batshit crazy,
in order to win himself a reelection/second term. Rather than languid
then, however, perhaps Obama should have been absolutely ecstatic, at
the prospect of meeting — with the categorically more than serviceable
Unequivocally, Obama is far from Rousseff’s
popularity, dynamism and overall effectiveness, but seemingly, it was
far more important to him — to be rolling multi-colored Easter eggs on
the White House South Lawn — than to be meeting with such an acute,
capable, effectual and resultant world leader, stateswoman, dignitary,
and noteworthy head of government.