Excerpt: Saturday, 4 January, 2003, 01:50 GMT Brazil opts for butter before guns By Stephen Cviic BBC regional analyst Brazil's new left-wing government has decided to suspend the purchase of 12 military jets so it can spend more on social programmes. At his first cabinet meeting since being sworn in on New Year's Day, President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva told his ministers that they all had a role to play in his campaign against hunger. Brazil's new president has made it clear that his top priority is to improve social conditions for the poor, but he also intends to stick to tight budgetary restraints. The only way to square this circle is to cut spending elsewhere, and it is the armed forces who are the first to suffer. More: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/2626683.stm I expect there to be great unhappiness in Washington over this, though. This sort of thing is not good for our merchants of death.