Opinion, by Michael Royster
RIO DE JANEIRO - As this is written, Presidents Lula and Obama are to sign a framework agreement on military defense between Brazil and the US. It’s the first such agreement since 1977, when President Jimmy Carter, showing his displeasure with the Brazilian military, canceled it unilaterally.
Since that time, of course, the military of the two countries have continued to have interchanges and work with each other, but without any formal agreement.
Before the signing, the acting secretary of UNASUR’s South American Defense Council demanded that Brazil explain itself to UNASUR, and to say . . .