Patrícia Campos Mello-Estadão de São Paulo, 11/02/09
Photo courtesy of flickr user Mike Rollinger
According to Ellen Tauscher, the Under Secretary for Arms Control and International Security of the United States, the fighter jet sale would help deepen the relations between the United States and Brazil.
The sale of F-18 Boeing fighter jets to the Brazilian Air Force will strengthen the ties between the governments of the United States and of Brazil and will create a more dynamic strategic relationship between the two countries. This was the message of the Under Secretary for Arms Control and International Security, Ellen Tauscher. “Its a great opportunity to strengthen our relationship with Brazil,” said Tauscher reporting directly to the Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, after being in Brazil in August to deliver a letter from the Secretary to the Brazilian government.
“The most important aspect of this deal is our relationship with the Brazilian people and the Brazilian government,” said Tauscher in an interview with the Brazilian newspaper O Estado de São Paulo. Commenting on the advantages of the French Rafale Dassault fighter jets, Taucher affirmed, “We are not confused about what we are offering; we still have the better planes, the biggest aerial-space company in the world, and we are still the United States of America. We believe that, in the end, these are the important parameters.”
According to Tauscher, the Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, the Secretary of Defense, Robert Gates, and the American President, Barack Obama, are all personally involved in the sale. “Frankly, it would be a shame if Brazil does not take the best planes and the best opportunity.” Click to continue reading the interview…