BREAKING BRICSA: WASHINGTON TARGETS BRAZIL

BREAKING BRICSA: WASHINGTON TARGETS BRAZIL

October 6, 2016 By Joseph P. Farrell

The BRICSA bloc, as I call it, more popularly known as BRICS -  Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa - is in Washington's sights, and more particularly, the Republic of Brazil, according to this article shared by many readers here:

F. William Engdahl: Washington Tries to Break Brics: The Rape of Brazil Begins

While normally I would be inclined to parse this article very closely and carefully, especially since it was composed by one of my favorite researchers, F. William Engdahl, today I want to leap directly to some high octane speculations, not only because there is so much detail in Mr. Engdahl's careful survey of the internal politicking in Brazil surrounding the demise of President Rousseff, but because there are larger issues in play. Consider, for example, the equally sudden demise of former Argentine President Christina Fernandez - Kircher, whom, you'll recall, gave a blistering speech to the UN General Assembly a couple years ago on how western hedge fund managers were literally holding her country hostage. She too was toppled and a more pro-Washington President now inhabits the Casa Rosada in Buenos Aires. Shortly after de Kircher's fall, President Obama then journeyed to San Carlos di Bariloche for a summit meeting with the new Argentine President with lots of NASA people in tow.

In Rousseff's case, the manipulation of events by Washington and the Western financial oligarchs was clear:

It’s important to keep in mind that elected President Rousseff was not convicted or even formally charged with any concrete act of corruption, even though the pro-oligarchy mainstream Brazil media, led by O’Globo Group of the billionaire Roberto Irineu Marinho, ran a media defamation campaign creating the basis to railroad Rousseff into formal impeachment before the Senate. The shift took place after the opposition PMDB party of Temer on March 29 broke their coalition with Rousseff’s Workers’ Party, as accusations of Petrobras-linked corruption were made against Rousseff and former president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva.

On August 31, 61 Senators voted to remove her while 20 voted against removal. The formal charge was “manipulation of the state budget” before the 2014 elections to hide the size of the deficit. She vehemently denies the charge. Indeed, the Senate issued its own expert report that concluded there was “no indication of direct or indirect action by Dilma” in any illegal budgetary maneuvers. According to the Associated Press, “Independent auditors hired by Brazil’s Senate said in a report released Monday that suspended President Dilma Rousseff didn’t engage in the creative accounting she was charged with at her impeachment trial.” Under an honest system that would have ended the impeachment then and there. Not in Brazil.

In effect, she was impeached for the dramatic decline in the Brazilian economy, a decline deliberately pushed along as US credit rating agencies downgraded Brazilian debt, and international and mainstream Brazilian media kept the Petrobras corruption allegations in the spotlight. Importantly, the Senate did not ban her from office for 8 years as Washington had hoped, and she has promised an electoral return. The Washington-steered Temer has until end of 2018 to deliver Brazil to Temer’s foreign masters before his term legally ends.

And as Engdahl points out, one has the familiar "NGO" entities hovering in the background:

In 2012 in a joint exploration drilling, Repsol Sinopec Brasil, Norway’s Statoil and Petrobras made a major new discovery in Pão de Açúcar, the third in block BM-C-33, which includes the Seat and Gávea, the latter one of the world’s 10 largest discoveries in 2011. USA and British oil majors were nowhere to be seen.

Biden’s task was to sound out Lula’s successor, Rousseff, about reversing that exclusion of US major oil companies in favor of the Chinese. Biden also met with leading energy companies in Brazil including Petrobras.

While little was publicly said, Rousseff refused to reverse the 2009 oil law in a way that would be suitable to Biden, Washington and US oil majors. Days after Biden’s visit came the Snowden NSA revelations that the US had also spied on Rousseff and top officials of Petrobras. She was livid and denounced the Obama Administration that September before the UN General Assembly for violating international law. She cancelled a planned Washington visit in protest. After that, US-Brazil relations took a dive.

After his May 2013 talks with Rousseff, Biden clearly gave her the kiss of death.

Before Biden’s May 2013 visit Dilma Rousseff had 70% of popularity rating. Less than two weeks after Biden left Brazil, nationwide protests by a very well-organized group called Movimento Passe Livre, over a nominal 10 cent bus fare increase, brought the country virtually to a halt and turned very violent. The protests bore the hallmark of typical “Color Revolution” or Twitter social media destabilizations that seem to follow Biden wherever he makes a presence. Within weeks Rousseff’s popularity plummeted to 30%.

Washington had clearly sent a signal that Rousseff had to change course or face serious problems. The Washington regime change machine, including its entire array of financial warfare operations ranging from a leaked PwC audit of Petrobras to Wall Street credit rating agency Standard & Poors’ downgrade of Brazil public debt to junk in September 2015, went into full action to remove Rousseff, a key backer of the BRICS New Development Bank and of an independent national development strategy for Brazil.

And further in the article the NGO connection is made clear:

Madeline Albright, a Director of the leading US think-tank, Council on Foreign Relations, is also chair of the prime US Government “Color Revolution” NGO, the National Democratic Institute (NDI). Nothing fishy here, or? Nunes reportedly went to Washington to rally backing for Temer and the unfolding judicial coup against Rousseff.

A key player from the side of Washington, Rousseff’s de facto political executioner, was, once again, Vice President Joe Biden, the “Dick Cheney” dirty operator-in-chief in the Obama Administration.

Thus, the two biggest regional powers in South America were, through the usual covert operations and skullduggery, brought back onto Washington's plantation-reservation, and as Engdahl points out, this is particularly true in Brazil's case. So what was Rousseff's ouster all about?

Beyond the obvious concerns of the Anglo-sphere oligarchs to get their hands on Brazil's oil, Mr. Engdahl is suggesting something deeper in his conclusion:

This is Washington’s way, the way of the Wall Street Gods of Money, as I title one of my books. First, destroy any national leadership intent on genuine national development such as Dilma Rousseff. Replace them with a vassal regime willing to do anything for money, including selling the crown jewels of their own nation as people like Anatoli Chubais did in Russia in the 1990’s under Boris Yeltsin’s “shock therapy.” As reward for his behavior, Chubais today sits on the advisory board of JP MorganChase. What will Temer and associates get for their efforts remains to be seen. Washington for now has broken one of the BRICS that ultimately threaten her global hegemony. It is not likely to bring any lasting success if recent history is any guide.

In other words, Ms. Rousseff was simply not a globalist, but acting in what she thought was the best interests of her nation, and where have we heard this before? Increasingly, the BRICSA bloc has been sounding memes that are not marching in lock step with the globalist dogma that multinational (western) corporations should be running the world. And Mr. Engdahl ends on a warning note: the latest coup d'etat in Brazil - for that is in effect what the ouster of Ms. Rousseff was and is - is not likely to end up any better in the long run for the west, than similar ventures in the Ukraine or Syria. The only thing the West is revealing itself to be is a perpetual war machine designed to loot and plunder nations' wealth for its ruling oligarchy. As the West plunders Brazil, expect popular opposition to grow as "austerity" and its effects begin to sink in. And once that happens, the hostility to the USSA and its corporate masters will become hardened and deep seated, and that will spread to Argentina.

And that will open the door, once again, to Chinese diplomacy and investments.

In short, Ms. Rousseff may (for the moment) be gone, but her party is not. And as the West turns Brazil into another Greece, don't expect Brazilians to take it lying down. And in the long run, that means once again that Washington is making long term decisions that will turn yet another powerful friend against it, and isolate it even more.

See you on the flip side...