Special Report: Portugal
The following is an article that was originally published in the American newspaper The Fair Dealer, written by Nick Everdale. This article discusses US Foreign policy and Portugal's presence in Mexico. The article was originally published in English, Spanish, and Portuguese.
No eAmerican foreign policy issue is as pressing as Portugal’s presence in Mexico. The situation recently inflamed passions once again as national security hawks clamored for a full Portuguese withdrawal from Mexico while moderates urged a more nuanced approach.
Leading the charge was Secretary Danylo Halytskyj, recently appointed to head the Portugal Study Committee. Secretary Halytskyj was tasked by President Scrabman with investigating the current Congressional mood towards Portuguese presence in Mexico and developing a plan of action. He has wasted no time.
So soon after the failed invasion of Portugal, wounds are still fresh and opinion divided.
Some, like Secretary Halytskyj, claim that Portugal is an “enemy at the gates,” and a threat to what many hawks view as an underdefended Southern border. Moderates led by President Scrabman see no purpose in “kicking the tires” on a currently cold Portuguese conflict.
The debate has also brought to the fore accusations that President Dishmcds of Mexico is nothing but a PEACE puppet installed by Portugal, an argument weakened by the recent Portuguese return of Oaxaca to Mexico in a Resistance war.
However, George Barker notes curious irregularities in recent Mexican politics: An influx of foreign nationals boosting then-Candidate Dishmcds’ vote total in the final hours; foreign PEACE nationals holding high positions in Mexican government; the refusal of Portugal to return over sensitive oil lands to Mexico.
The situation has never been more sensitive.
It is the opinion of this newspaper that Mr. Barker’s accusations against Mexico and Portugal must be investigated as part of the Portugal Study Committee, but an assumption of innocence must be made. Strong diplomacy will be the way to solve the ongoing Portuguese war.
It is worth noting that, should we close this war, it would cost Portugal and PEACE heavily to re-open it, and even remaining in Mexico, the Portuguese would be forced to break through the formidable Florida wall, or move through Texas or Georgia – triggering intense ATLANTIS involvement.
For now, it seems, the situation rests in a stalemate where no nations are pleased.
Few eAmericans know that our war against the Portuguese is far from concluded. The first shots were fired December 12, 2008, when eAmerican forces met Portuguese soldiers in Mexico. The Portuguese, there to defend their Mexican allies, made short work of the eAmericans and forced a withdrawal.
But the Portuguese did not leave. Even after hostilities ended, the Portuguese maintained control of the Mexican Southeast, Northeast, Oaxaca, and the Central Highlands. This situation persisted until very recently, when Portugal returned the Central Highlands and Oaxaca to Mexico.
Yet Portugal still holds the oil-rich lands of the Southeast, a U.S. border area of the Northeast, and maintains a significant presence in Mexico. This is not by mistake, and Mexican President Dishmcds noted that, “The border region will most likely be the last region returned…unless you can get the Spanish to close their war with us.”
President Dishmcds offered no public timetable for the return of the sensitive Northeast and Southeast to Mexico. Similarly, questions regarding why the oil-rich and border regions have not been turned over did not receive comment.
The appearance is that the President of Mexico is either unwilling or unable to press harder for return of his nation’s territory. If he is unwilling, there are questions to be asked regarding his relationship with Portugal – especially in light of questions raised regarding his election. If he is unable, it may benefit the United States of America to work with President Dishmcds to press Portugal into returning the territory quickly.
With U.S.-Portuguese talks ongoing and the possibility of peace raised, the Dishmcds policy of playing on U.S. fears of a Portuguese invasion from Mexico in order to achieve a Mexican peace with Spain appear to be dwindling.