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Brazilian Army Worried About US Military Build Up on Brazil’s Borders

It is because of the strategic importance of South America that the United States has stationed troops there. Official American interest in the region is usually dated from the Monroe Doctrine of 1823.

That line of thought was intended to halt recolonization by European powers, but has increasingly been used to justify American intervention in the region.

During the Cold War, president John F. Kennedy used the Monroe Doctrine to fight communism in Cuba.

Nowadays the Monroe Doctrine is not being used to justify an American presence south of that country’s borders. The excuse today is narcotraffic.

A study by the Brazilian Army in 2002 shows details about the locations of American military personnel in South America and asks a question:

"Will these armed forces that ring the border of Brazil, especially in the Amazon region, eventually be used for reasons that are presently undeclared?"

A retired professor at the University of Brasí­lia, Luiz Alberto Moniz Bandeira, who has studied the US for over 50 years, says the American presence is a cause of concern to him.

"These bases allow the Pentagon to continue getting enormous budgets. Because of the industrial-military complex, they need to use their military equipment so they can order more. It is a vicious cycle," he says.

Last October, Brazil and Uruguay complained about the possible construction of an American base inside the Mercosur region in Paraguay.

The government of Paraguay denied the construction of the base. However, Paraguay does have an agreement with the US for joint military exercises in the so-called Triple Border (Trí­plice Fronteira) area where the borders of Brazil, Paraguay and Argentina meet.

Under the terms of the agreement, US and Paraguayan forces may engage in joint exercises between now and the end of the year (2006). The US has similar military agreements with other countries on the borders of Brazil.

Click the following Internet address to see more information in the form of a map from the Brazilian Army report on US troops in South America (information in Portuguese): www.radiobras.gov.br/especiais/euamerica/mapa.php
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The map is updated with data from the Moniz Bandeira book, "The Formation of the American Empire."

Agência Brasil

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  • Eduardo

    Stupid people
    Brazil has serious problems? Of course, like any other country. But Brazil is the most important country in LA. Have good relations with Brazil is good to US! Brazil is an ancient ally of US who support it in First and Second World War! Tired of being neglected by US Brazil starts to walk alone! Despite our stupid left president we are the balance against Hugo Chavez dictatorship and the wake up of the populismo. And I just start my English lessons!

  • rafael

    why
    Brazil`s bigest concern is amazon.
    What today doesn`t bring to much attention tomorrow will be a treasure.
    The most importante treasure that brazil have is that forest. I know that they don`t realy take care of it but it is brazilian.
    There was a time in the 90s that the brazilian public voted if us would put a base in there or not and the peaple said no.
    And if USA would say to brazil to atack anyone down there the Brazilian governament would not think twice before doing it.
    Now why would us need it anyways. Brazilian weapons come from usa. The brazilian peaple can be proud but not stuped, brazil would never fight usa.
    You can`t blame a country for been territorialist with its own frontiers.
    The brazilian peaple got out of a dictatorial regime in the 80s and the idea of military forces doesn`t bring good memorys.
    Brazil is not a rich country but no other country in south america stand a chance against brazil in war. there is no need for military help to brazil if a war brakes up in south america.

  • Maynard Alexandre Conde

    Brazilian Army Worried About US Military Build Up on Brazil’s Borders
    BrazilÀ‚´s State have close relations with China, Russia, India and Arab people., ENOUGH ALLIES TO DESTROY AND INVADE UNIDET STATES.WE HAVE GOOD CONVENTIONAL WEAPONS AND WELL TRAINNED SOLDIERS.
    U.S COULD NOT BE SO STUPID ( DESPITE IT IS BEING YOUR ORDINARY BEHAVIOR) ON CONFRONT BRAZIL WITH NUCLEAR POWER.IT WOULD CAUSE TO MUCH DISGUST AND REACTIONS IN OUR ARAB, RUSSIAN AN CHINESE FRIENDS…iTÀ‚´S EASIER YOU WIN US IN A SOCCER .WY CONFLICT BRAZIL?
    IN CASE OF USE OF CONVENTIONAL POWER AND THE WELL KNOWN FRAGILE U.S. SOLDIERS, THEY WOULD BE EASYLY FIRED BY THE BRAZILIAN TROOPS, BRAZILIAN CITZENS, BRAZILIAN LOYAL NEIGHBORS AND RAZILIAN STRENGHT POWERFUL ALLIES.REMEMBER: BRAZIL NEVER LOST A WAR AS YOU HAVE LOST DECADE BY DECADE!AGAINS YOURSELVES, INCLUSIVE! YOU JUST HAVE MONEY, NO MORE TOO MUCH GOOD AND HONOURED MEN, AS WELL YOU HAD IN THE PAS, WHEN U.S WAS A CHRISTIAN AND FRIENDLY NATION.IN THAT TIME,WE, BRAZILIANS, LIKED YOU AND YOUR EXAMPLES.
    IN CASE OF US INVASION TRIAL IN BRAZIL, YOU WOULD BE DESONOURED BY US, BRAZILIANS, AND A LOT OF BRAZILLIAN ALLIES: LOST OF U.S SOLDIERS AND U.S INNOCENT CIVILIAN HEADS IS THE BEST YOU HAVE SHOWN TO THE WORLD SINCE YOU FORGOT THE ONLY LIVING GOD, THAT YOU SERVED IN THE PAST.
    YOU WOULD BECAME HAMBURGER, IN A CONVENTIONAL WAR AGAINST BRAZIL. AS IN VIETNAN…AS IN IRAQ NOW…YOU CAN DESTROY CITZENS, NOT CONCQUIRE BRAZIL.

  • sane

    you americans are realy naive (should i say retarded) . from the comments i read i assume you have never been to brazil and the things you know comes from this mediocre press of your. (cnn ny times, la times ,fox… so ridiculous papers and tvs).
    the only country that have been invanding others is the u.s: you re killing now in IRAQ, AFGANISTAN. YOU KILLED IN : JAPAN, KOREA, VIETNAM, CENTRAL AMERICA, SOUTH AMERICA (WITH YOUR DICTATORSHPIS DURING COLD WAR)
    DOES GOD BLESS KILLING???? THEN YOU SAY THE ARABS ARE THE FUNDAMENTALISTS ONES…..

  • Guest

    The Observer
    Maybe this should be a permanent motto – [God Bless Brazil] and Brazilians should start using this from now on as a Brazilian Mantra to lift up all your citizens. Alllllll.

    Watch how things change for the better as this mantra goes up into the cosmos. I have a really positive feeling about Brazil for the future and KNOW that things will get better quite quickly. Keep saying God Bless Brazil.

    Remember i started this first on the 19th January 2006

  • Guest

    Observer
    Why is Brazil worried about the presence of the US Military build up when Brazil and America have been in bed together, (figure of speach), as it should have known that America does nothing for nothing.

    There is an old saying which goes “if you lie down with dogs you will catch fleas”.

    I think Brazil needs to think for itself for once and do what it thinks is in the best interest of its people just the same as America alway s puts its Country and People first. The Great US of A.

    Maybe this is a lesson for Brazil not to neglect its own citizens and should now start looking inwards.

    God Bless Brazil?

  • Guest

    Just look in today\’s article, same site
    with the headline :

    Tired of Being Neglected by Brazil and Argentina, Uruguay and Paraguay Woo the US !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    When you dont treat well your younger and weaker brothers, they may just as well look elsewhere for better caring brothers.

    But by never have cared for poor Brazilians citizens, already makes Brazil unfair and unequal.
    Nothing has changed between Brazil, Uruguay and Paraguay.
    Not even with Argentina.

    Brazil has predatory, hidden and untold minds.

    This is probably the reason why ALL others South American countries have negotiated U.S. army bases. JUST IN CASE !

  • Guest

    Brazil and Uruguay complained !
    Why did they complain about U.S. bases in Paraguay ?

    Why have they not complained against military bases in Argentina AND Venezuela ???? Also Mercosur members, best and closest friends of Brazil, from what I know.

    Why Uruguay has not complained against U.S. military base(s) in their OWN country, but complained for a new U.S. base in Paraguay ????
    That is quite insane and a shame !

    At least this is what the map FROM the Brazilian Army shows !!!!!

    Unless the Brazilian army map is dead wrong, on purpose !!!!!!!!!

    In fact, looking at the map, it shows that
    – the ONLY country without U.S. base is Brazil.
    – ALL others South American countries have U.S. bases.
    – ALL Mercosur, to whom you belong, have also U.S. bases, except your own country.

    Therefore you should no only be afraid of the U.S.A but also from All the South Amercian countries, your best and closest friends.

    Because you should know by now that the U.S.A dont go to war alone, but only with a
    COALITION !!!!

    As U.S. military bases have ALWAYS been negotiated with, not imposed to, the receiving countries.

    Therefore, it could be that all others South American countries have negotiated to get U.S. military bases because they are afraid of Brazil, and not the USA.

    Because negotiating to have a U.S. base cannot mean being afraid of them, but of someone else, by definition !

    It could be that all others S.A. countries think that Brazil has expansionary views !

    Common sense doesnt exist in Brazil, and even less in Uruguay !

  • Guest

    more conquests
    Yes, we are surrounding you and soon will be ours!! Just what we need another shithole like New Orleans to clean up!!

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