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    Brazil's Bolsonaro takes a number for a US military base | So much for Mitt Romney's

    Brazil's Bolsonaro takes a number for a US military base

    When was the last time you heard of a Latin American nation asking for a U.S. military base?


    January 4, 2019
    By Monica Showalter

    So much for Mitt Romney's claim that the U.S. has alienated its allies.

    Actually, they're lining up, and not just to be friends, but to ask for U.S. military bases stationed on their soil.
    When was the last time you heard of nations lining up to ask for U.S. military bases? Not under President Obama, that's for sure.
    The latest is Brazil, whose new president, Jair Bolsonaro, put the idea on the table. The Russians over at RT News, naturally, noticed:
    Brazil's newly-sworn-in right-wing President Jair Bolsonaro has said that he might consider hosting a US military base in the future and called a Brazilian embassy move to Jerusalem a done deal in a new interview on Thursday.
    Bolsonaro, dubbed the 'Trump of the Tropics' for his rhetoric, uncannily similar to that of US President Donald Trump, lived up to his nickname as he floated the idea of welcoming US soldiers on a permanent basis, reiterated his support for Israel, while calling Venezuela 'a dictatorship' and Russia its enabler.
    In an interview with SBT broadcaster on Thursday, Bolsonaro said that while he considers physical presence of foreign forces a symbolic move in a globalized word, he is open to the idea of hosting US troops on Brazilian soil.
    Brazil joins other nations that have requested military bases, starting with Poland, which offered to call its potential base "Fort Trump," and to pay for it themselves, too. That interest is not hard to understand, because Poland has the Russian bear at its door, the bear is growling, the bear is bothering other nations, and the bear has been there before. It makes sense for the plains-covered country that always gets run over to have some big, bulky American troops in the vicinity to ensure that the bear thinks twice.
    There's also Greece, which has also asked for a beefed up U.S. military presence on its soil. Like Poland, the Greeks are concerned about Russia, because Russia has been cozying up to Greece's arch-rival, Turkey, and the Greeks don't think anything good will come of it. More U.S. troops would be a fine thing from the Greek perspective.
    Macedonia, meanwhile, has niced up to rival Greece (they had been fighting about the name of the place) because Macedonia wants to be a full member of NATO, not having to worry at all about Russia once the deed is done.
    Sure enough, Brazil has stated that it's thinking about a base, precisely because of Russia, too. According to RT:
    A retired army captain, Bolsonaro referred to the Russian military as the "Soviet" troops, arguing that "nowadays the power of American, Chinese and Soviet armed forces reaches out to the whole independent world."
    More to the point, Brazil is not happy about Russia cozying up to Venezuela to set up a military base, at a time when tens of thousands of Venezuelan refugees are spilling over into Brazil. A nation that has a lot of money to throw around on weapons of war playing pattycake with the Russian bear and selling itself out for a Russian base can only be bad news for Brazil, even as the whole show seems to be aimed at checking the United States. No wonder Bolsonaro's talking early about a U.S. base on Brazilian soil, getting the idea out there.
    When thugs threaten to take over the nightclub, it's natural to want a bouncer handy.
    Compare it to this: my sister, whose house was nearly gobbled up in the Lilac Fire of a year ago in California, watched the horror of the fire spreading through her neighborhood on the television news (it's never a good thing to see your house on TV news), but she knew it would make it through as the cameras focused on the palm trees in front of her house on fire. What she saw was the big, fat, gargantuan CalFire truck loaded with water parked in front of her driveway. The fire truck's wonderful presence right there at the front door ensured that her house made it through when most didn't. Her house was like a military base.
    That's a little reported story from the annals of the Trump foreign policy of strength. Up until now, all we had ever read was that U.S. bases are bad and locals don't like them. It was all activist bee ess, but it was the narrative we got.
    Here's a far more realistic perspective from Joseph Boyle, a poster on Quora:
    It makes sense, because U.S. military bases are reassuring for nations in all sorts in areas with bears on the prowl. All rich countries have them, and that wealth is at least in part the result of having a stable security picture. U.S. troops are sensitive to local needs and act professionally, never hurting the places. Now with President Trump in office, the U.S. has more allies than it knows what to do with, lining up to seek a U.S. military presence. And with Trump in the saddle, our friends and allies can see that the time to ask is now.
    Sorry, Mitt.

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    They can enlist their own people and build their own base with their own money! They have men and women who can serve their country.

    No more US blood or treasure.

    NOT WITH OUR TAXPAYER MONEY!

    REBUILD THE USA! WE ARE NOT THE WORLD'S MILITARY OR POLICE!
    TO BECOME AN AMERICAN YOU MUST CHANGE YOUR VALUES ...NOT YOUR LOCATION

    STAY HOME AND BUILD AMERICA ON YOUR SOIL

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    Brazilian President Bolsonaro is Axing Known Communists from Government Posts

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    Jan 4, 2019
    By Luke Rohlfing



    Newly-elected President of Brazil, Jair Bolsonaro is calling on the firing of non-elected government officials known to have communist views.
    According to Brazilian media outlet, Noticias, the call came at the first official meeting of the President’s cabinet.
    Bolsonaro’s Chief of Staff Onyx Lorenzoni announced the move, saying that “society said enough to socialist and communist ideas that in the last 30 years have led us to the current chaos.”
    “It does not make sense to have a government like the one we have now, with people who defend other ideas or another form of society’s organization,” Lorenzoni also stated.
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    According to Lorenzoni, over 300 officials on temporary contracts who are believed to have communist views are being dismissed from their duties, and they will continue to identify other officials known to have those views.

    Bolsonaro is known for being a right-wing populist, much in the same mold as President Trump. He has been dubbed the “Trump of the Tropics” by some.
    His distinction as a Trump-like politician comes from his anti-establishment positions, and bold proclamations, like his pledge to follow Trump’s lead in moving Brazil’s Israeli embassy to Jerusalem.
    Trump has praised Bolsonaro on Twitter, a move the Brazilian President has reciprocated.

    Jair M. Bolsonaro @jairbolsonaro

    Dear Mr. President @realDonalTrump, I truly appreciate your words of encouragement. Together, under God’s protection, we shall bring prosperity and progress to our people!
    Donald J. Trump @realDonaldTrump

    Congratulations to President @JairBolsonaro who just made a great inauguration speech - the U.S.A. is with you!

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