During an interview this week, former President Fernando Henrique Cardoso took a hit at incumbent Michel Temer. Following Temer’s decision to appoint an army general as the interim Minister of Defense, Cardoso said that “only weak administrations ask the generals for help.”
Cardoso has a point.
Since the end of the military dictatorship in 1985, the Brazilian military hasn’t enjoyed as much power in Brasília as they do now, in the waning months of the Temer administration. They have made their way into the presidential cabinet and are calling the shots in Rio de Janeiro’s federal intervention.