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Council on Foreign Relations Threatens Brazil Over Free Trade
The Council of Foreign Relations has sent a report to President Bush and administration officials urging closer ties to Brazil in order to facilitate integration of the Western Hemisphere.
The CFR functions as the propaganda ministry of Bilderberg and the Trilateral Commission secretive brother groups of international power-mongers with an interlocking leadership and a common agenda of establishing a world government.
The report contained hints of concern that delays and a hunger for national "sovereignty" might ultimately prevent the political integration of the Western Hemisphere.
It cited Brazil's role as "leader of Mercosul -- the Common Market of the South, which incorporates Brazil, Argentina, Uruguay and Paraguay and has special relations with Chile and Bolivia" -- as a key reason to act.
"Mercosul is a critical building block in any future hemisphere-wide free trade agreement," said the report the CFR called "A Letter to the President and a Memorandum on U.S. Policy Toward Brazil."
It praised Brazil for long having a "prominent part in numerous United Ntionas agencies," noting that "Brazil will continue to work with the World Trade Organization and within the UN system."
The report reminded bush and his aides the Summit of the Americas will take place in "Quebec city, Canada, on April 20-22 and that negotiations on a Free Trade Area of the Americas begin in November 2002. "Under current agreements," an FTAA deal is to be completed by 2005 the report noted.
"A rapid return of 'fast track' negotiation authority for the president would greatly strengthen the U.S. position both at the Summit of the Americas and in the FTAA round," the report said. Under "fast track," Bush could sign off on the FTAA and Congress would vote it up or down but could in no way modify the deal. Bush has asked for this authority.
Washington must sweet-talk Brazil because of a "perception" both "in public opinion and the military that the United States seeks to diminish Brazilian sovereignty over its Amazonian territory, either through the internationalization of this region, using as a cover the protection of the tropical rain forest, or by active military involvement under the guise of fighting the war against drugs," the CFR said.
But the CFR warned Brazil that there is a "downside" to resisting U.S. pressure to surrender sovereignty to the FTAA, which, building upon NAFTA, the world shadow government sees evolving into an American Union patterned after the European Union.
"If a deal with Brazil and Mercosul fails, the United States will most likely move toward more bilateral free trade pacts, such as the one under negotiation with Chile; and as the region moves toward greater dollarization, Brazil risks finding itself isolated," the CFR said. The American dollar is to become the common currency of the emerging American Union as the euro has become the common coin of Europe.
"The United States remains committed in principle to a hemisphere-wide free trade agenda," the CFR said. "But the window of opportunity here will not be open for long."