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Opinion, by Michael Royster

RIO DE JANEIRO - The Curmudgeon, having noted Lula’s visit to the Middle East, wondered what he was doing. The answer has come out of the Brazilian Foreign Office: he intends to succeed where the US has failed, i.e. make peace happen.

What Hubris! The winner of the Nobel Peace Prize has failed? Well, yes he has. Obama has convinced no one that he has any gumption at all, because the needed gumption has to do with US politics. Just as the Republican Party “needs” the support of anti-Castrist South Floridians, the Democratic Party . . .

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The Curmudgeon moved to Rio over forty years ago, and remained there until late 2018. He's been writing political commentary for The Rio Times for nine years. He once referred to himself as a WASP (look it up) but doesn't any more because it embarrasses him.