Friday, May 23, 2008

Thinking Out Loud: US-Brazil Friendship A Coincidental Relationship

The Wall Street Journal has recently published an article stating that a Brazilian oil company, Petróleo Brasileiro SA, has just discovered a massive deep-water oil field which may make Brazil one of the top oil-rich countries in the world.

While reading this article I started thinking about how the high prices on oil and lack of oil reserves is creating a great strain on the economy of the United States and the world. However, I thought to myself, "I wonder if the US knew about this beforehand? If so, did they make any political moves to secure oil resources for themselves?"

I cannot say for certain if the U.S. did have advanced knowledge of the Brazilian's looking for the oil, or if they had a good chance of finding such a vast oil field, but I did find that they increased "good" relations with their Brazilian comrades.

On April 30th, 2008, U.S. News posted an article about President Bush's increased relations with Brazil. I know that the U.S. has had some relations with Brazil but it seems as if the relationship was becoming closer during the past couple of months. One part of the article states:

"Numerous foreign policy commentators have expressed surprise that Bush would take such a liking to a left-leaning, career labor leader in the person of Lula. But their friendship has 'reduced suspicions that might have existed...[and] overcome that wariness and replaced it with a certain confidence that we can actually get things done,' says Shannon."

[Shannon is a reference to Thomas Shannon, Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs.]

I also find it strange that President W. Bush, who is always so selective on who he retains good relations with, would befriend the left lying leader of Brazil.

On May 1st, 2008, reported that the Textiles and Clothing Industries of both countries met and signed an agreement to increase cooperation. Prior to this meeting, the United States and Brazil had also met on April 28th, 2007 to increase economic and commercial relations. In the article the Brazilian ambassador to the U.S., Antonio Patriota, states:

"We are at the beginning of a new age of cooperation between our two countries."

It seems that Brazil and the U.S. have become very close buddies. I can only assume that Brazil will be allowing the U.S. to obtain some barrels of oil for a "good" price once production starts. I guess the U.S. might not have to carry out their plan to overthrow Hugo Chavez.

BUT, all in all, this is only a thought from the top of my head. Although I have provided some articles which lean towards depicting U.S. involvement in gaining oil from South America, I have no hard proof. So, for now this is only a free floating hypothesis with no ancor to solid facts (until something happens).