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S. 11 Aranha believed a special relationship existed between his country and the northern giant, but the United States was pursuing a multilateral approach in its military relations with Latin America. Such an approach placed Brazil on a level equal to the smallest Spanish-speaking country. S. military ties were tenuous, not special. Military agreements were minor and had little impact on overall relations. The lack of will to treat Brazil differently made the Brazilians skeptical and prevented expansion of the relationship.
S. combat troops on national territory was not subject to negotiation. The elimination of Axis influence and cooperation in constructing air bases, however, were matters in which progress was possible. S. S. 32 Simultaneous with the drive to remove Axis predominance in the airline industry was the move to build air bases capable of handling military aircraft, especially in the Northeast. To link the area with the rest of the country and to the African air route, existing commercial airfields needed refurbishing and new air bases constructed to accommodate military use.
BrazilUnited States military discussions resolved little until German advances in the Low Countries and France in mid-1940 stimulated the Brazilians to intensify discussions on military aid. S. S. S. interests moved ever closer as Nazi successes in Europe multiplied. Despite the new urgency, major problems continued to hamper close military ties. The United States still saw hemisphere defense as a collective venture despite accepting the concept of arrangements with individual countries, while Brazil sought a special bilateral relationship as the best guarantee of its security from either a German or Page 9 an Argentine threat.