March 24, 2005


Rumsfeld: US and Brazil to strengthen security ties (AFP, Mar 23, 2005)

The United States and Brazil want to strengthen cooperation in fighting terrorism and organized crime, said US Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld Wednesday.

Rumsfeld held talks with Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva and Minister of Defense Jose Alencar.

"Our two countries are looking (for) ways to work together more closely to confront the anti-social threats by organised crime, by gangs, drug-traffickers, hostage-takers and terrorists," the Pentagon chief said after the meeting.

Rumsfeld also lauded Brazil's leadership in building the coalition of Latin American troops which form the core of a United Nations peacekeeping force in violence-wracked Haiti.

"Brazil can be proud of the leadership it is exercising in the region and several parts of the world," he said. "It is a welcome contribution to stability in our hemisphere."

During his meeting with Rumsfeld, Lula said Brazil was making "every effort toward a more stable, integrated and economically prosper Latin America," according to government sources.

There's no reason that Brazil shouldn't be part of the Axis of Good and eventually part of the reconfigured Security Council.

Posted by Orrin Judd at March 24, 2005 12:03 AM

But that would mean Chrissy Hynde needs to move again somewhere else to get away from that horrible American culture.

Posted by: Randall Voth at March 24, 2005 5:59 AM

The US should shift more of its attention to Latin America as it is in our backyard and has more growth potential than Old Europe. Also need to get Latin America more firmly in the democracy camp by getting rid of Casto and Chavez.

Posted by: AWW at March 24, 2005 7:39 AM


You are 100% right. If we can develop hybrid fuel technology we can get out of the Islamic World and with the fall of the Soviets turning our back on Old Europe is long overdue. Our focus should instead be Latin America, East and South Asia.

Lula, while certainly a socialist, seems to not be infected with the tedious Europhilia of the Brazilian upper class nor with the America-hating nihilism of the Brazilian Faculty Lounge Left. It is quite refreshing.

Posted by: bart at March 24, 2005 9:28 AM

They do play the beautiful game -- er metric football to y'all -- better than anyone else.

Posted by: Jim in Chicago at March 24, 2005 10:19 AM

Think how well they would do with real sports. Even their basketball team is good, and their women's beach volleyball is 'Must See TV.'

Posted by: bart at March 24, 2005 10:51 AM

in the pantheon of porn, women's beach volleyball takes pride of position. at least some of them must be heterosexual.

Posted by: cjm at March 24, 2005 2:45 PM

They look like long limbed men.

Posted by: oj at March 24, 2005 2:48 PM