(Brazilian dictator Lula with Chinese dictator Xi Jinping)
In “Biden Handed Over South America to China“, I delved into some of the administration’s intervention on behalf of Lula, a radical leftist, over Jair Bolsanaro, a pro-American conservative, in Brazil’s election.
“Both our nations’ strong democracies have been tested,” Biden falsely claimed, and “both in the United States and Brazil, democracy prevailed.”
Media accounts compared Biden and Lula who had both faced mass public protests over their stolen elections. Biden had been one of the first to congratulate Lula on his stolen election and invited him to the White House despite the Brazilian Marxist’s longtime enmity to America.
The Biden administration and the media had worked hard to bring Lula to power despite the fact that he was an ally of geopolitical enemies like Xi in China and Putin in Russia.
Lula’s most significant statement was a call to end the use of the dollar as an international currency. And this was not just talk. In March, Brazil agreed to use the Chinese Yuan currency for its purchases.
The Financial Times however reveals the shocking extent of Biden’s illegal coup in Brazil.
The fact that the election was not seriously challenged is a testament to the strength of Brazil’s institutions. But it was also in part the result of a quiet, year long pressure campaign by the US government to urge the country’s political and military leaders to respect and safeguard democracy, which has not been widely reported.
This is predictably titled as “defending democracy”: a euphemism that has come to mean protecting and installing leftist regimes by any means necessary whether in America or abroad.
The Financial Times has spoken to six former or current US officials involved in the effort, as well as to several key Brazilian institutional figures, to piece together the story of how the Biden administration engaged in what one former top state department official calls a “very unusual” messaging campaign in the months leading up to the vote, using both public and private channels.
“Very unusual”. Is that what we’re calling masterminding pro-China coups in South America now?
The solution was a concerted but unannounced campaign across multiple branches of the US government, including the military, the CIA, the state department, the Pentagon and the White House. “This was a very unusual engagement,” says Michael McKinley, a former top state department official and ex-ambassador to Brazil.
So they’ve decided to go with the “very unusual” brand. We very unusually overthrow a pro-American government and installed a leftist criminal allied with China and Russia. How unusual this is. Brazilian truckers patriotically protested our coup and we very unusually suppressed them.
Just another day of very unusually defending democracy from the voters.
The effort began, according to former top state department official Tom Shannon, with the visit of Biden’s national security adviser Jake Sullivan to Brazil in August 2021. An embassy statement said the visit “reaffirmed the longstanding strategic relationship between the United States and Brazil” but Sullivan left his meeting with Bolsonaro worried, according to Shannon.
“Bolsonaro continued to talk about fraud in US elections and continued to understand his relationship with the United States in terms of his relationship with President Trump”, says Shannon, who is also a former US ambassador to Brazil and maintains close contacts in the country.
So Biden’s people came away believing that Bolsnaro was more pro-Trump than pro-Biden. Time for a “very unusual” coup to “defend democracy”.
In private, Austin and other officials spelt out to Brazil’s military the consequences of supporting any unconstitutional action, such as a coup. “There would be significant negative ramifications for the bilateral military-to-military relationship if they were to do something and they needed to respect the outcome of the election”, a senior administration official says.
Remember when the Left was outraged over the U.S. military intervening in South America? But it’s okay because this was a “very unusual” coup to “defend democracy” by illegally intervening in another nation’s elections.
Further reinforcement of the message to Brazil’s top brass came from General Laura Richardson, head of US Southern Command which covers Latin America, during visits last September and in November 2021, officials said. CIA chief William Burns also came and told the Bolsonaro administration not to mess with the elections
The US also provided some practical help to the election process, helping to overcome supply chain difficulties to obtain components, especially semiconductors, needed to manufacture new machines. The former US ambassador to Brazil, Anthony Harrington, was able to leverage connections inside chipmaker Texas Instruments to, he says, “distinguish semiconductor needs and give priority to the impact on democratic elections”.
The US state department and some senior Brazilian officials also asked Taiwanese authorities to give priority to Brazil’s need for semiconductors(opens a new window) made by Nuvoton, a Taiwanese company, which are used in the voting machines, according to two sources.
If you thought Zuckerbucks was big, here you have the State Department colluding to ensure that Brazil used voting machines from a specific source, not paper ballots for the election to ensure the election of the leftist candidate.
But it’s okay, this is not a coup, just some very unusual democracy defending.At the same time as the US was conducting its own messaging campaign, key figures in Brazil’s institutions were holding their own private meetings with military chiefs to try to persuade them to stay within the bounds of the constitution and raising the alarm abroad about the risks of a coup. Some of those involved have spoken to the Financial Times, requesting anonymity because of the sensitivity of the discussions. Many still prefer to avoid any mention of their roles.
A future Republican administration should declassify everything and expose those involved in this corrupt coup. And no one involved in this, in the military, State or the CIA, should ever be allowed to play any role in the government after they betrayed their country to bring a pro-China regime to power.
A senior Brazilian official who was closely involved recalls that Bolsonaro’s navy minister, Admiral Almir Garnier Santos, was the most “difficult” of the military chiefs. “He was really tempted by more radical action,” says the official. “So we had to do a whole lot of dissuasion work, the state department and the US military command said they would tear up the [military] agreements with Brazil, from training to other types of joint operations.”
At a tense dinner in late August with military chiefs lasting until two in the morning, key civilian figures attempted to persuade them that the voting machines were not rigged against Bolsonaro and that they should respect the election.
As the election neared, senior US officials believed that Bolsonaro also needed to hear from more voices within his own circle.
They identified key lieutenants and political allies, not all of whom were happy about the president’s attempts to stay in power whatever happened, to urge him to respect the results of the election.
Now in the past something like this may have been done to benefit American interests. Perish the thought now. Bringing Lula to power only benefited Russia, China, Iran and other of America’s enemies.
Unfortunately, America’s enemies are in charge in Washington D.C. Treasonous acts like this are just a symptom.
Lula showed little public recognition of the US campaign to protect the election. His first official visit to Washington in February was a low-key affair lasting a day.
In April he took a big delegation to China for a three-day, two-city tour. On that trip, Lula rejected US sanctions on Huawei, the Chinese tech company, lashed out at the west’s military support for Ukraine and endorsed Beijing’s drive for alternatives to the US dollar.
Why should China even bother to overthrow governments in South America to install ones more friendly to Beijing when our treasonous governments do it for them?