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Brazil engages in controversial wargame as Venezuela tension rises

While Mike Pompeo met with Brazilian officials on the Venezuelan border, Brazil's military held a war simulation in the Amazon

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Brazilian troops heading to the Amazon. Photo: EB

Midway through September, the Brazilian government hosted U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo for a meeting at the country’s northern border with Venezuela. The move was lambasted by politicians and career diplomats alike as a major diplomatic faux pas. A group of six former Foreign Ministers published a statement repudiating what they called “the spurious utilization of Brazilian soil by a foreign power as a platform for provocation and hostility towards a neighboring nation.”

Apparently, however, there was even more to the story than meets the eye.

While Mr. Pompeo accompanied Brazil’s Foreign Minister Ernesto Araújo on a...

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