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Cablegate: Media Reaction - Brazil's Fx-2 Bid

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SUBJECT: MEDIA REACTION - BRAZIL'S FX-2 BID

"Conspiracies and Lies"

Op-ed in liberal Folha de S. Paulo (9-10) by Janio de Freitas says:
"The purchase of heavy armaments [by Brazil] is looking like a
scandal, with so many secret conspiracies, chaotic strategic
planning, fantastic and arbitrary volume of money and indebtedness,
in addition to lies used as arguments....[The statement issued by
the U.S. Embassy in Brazil] is something very embarrassing for the
Brazilian government. Will Lula's government acknowledge now to the
U.S. that it doesn't trust Washington's geopolitics, as evidenced by
the military bias towards Europe?....It is already clear that all
the transaction was set in advance to do the deal with French
manufacturers........"

"Role of Foolish"

Op-ed in liberal Folha de S. Paulo (9-10) by Eliane Catanhede
notes: "....there is much more than vain philosophy, technical
issues and even prices behind Brazil's preference for the French
planes - or for the French. But they did not need to upset the
apple cart. They only had to follow the normal channels, let
Brazil's Air Force conclude its work, pressure for better prices and
announce the choice for France with professionalism and countenance
in order to give an air of seriousness to the country and avoid
juridical review in the future. "
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