Tuesday, September 17, 2013

More Smart Diplomacy: Brazil Cancels State Visit to Washington

Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff has called off a state visit to Washington next month over allegations of US espionage
reports the BBC, as we are witnesses to more repercussions of the Obama administration's unique smart diplomacy. But what with his uncommon powers of persuasion, won't a telephone call from the Apologizer-in-Chief win over Brazil's head of state?
The US National Security Agency (NSA) has been accused of intercepting emails and messages from Ms Rousseff, her aides and state oil company, Petrobras.

The allegations were based on documents leaked by fugitive former intelligence contractor Edward Snowden.

President Barack Obama had promised to investigate the incident.

He made a phone call to Ms Rousseff on Monday, reportedly asking her to go ahead with the visit, the Brazilian president's office said.

This was to be the first state visit by a Brazilian president to the US since 1995. It was due to begin on 23 October. 
I guess that the O's telephone call was not convincing…