The Geopolitics of chaos
The United States is once again being ruled by neocons, the hawks who got used to guiding global policies in accordance with their interests and projects. To this end, wars were started to meet concrete goals of power. Conflicts are fueled around the world by a network that even includes agents who don't know who they work for.
We are seeing the development and implementation of a strategy that does not respect rules, norms, procedures. There is a brutal violation in progress that seeks only to fulfill the goals set by those who still call themselves democrats.
Therefore, the fundamental principles of a market economy and free trade quickly find contradictions in those who make unilateral restrictive measures against sovereign states one of the most relevant instruments of their politics.
Initially, the United States had as targets the countries that were part of what was conventionally called the "axis of evil." Iraq, Iran, and North Korea all enjoyed this "privilege." Soon came the new club members, China and Russia. Today, former Washington allies face sanctions or the threat of their enforcement.
To do so, it is sufficient that they disagree with the geopolitics of chaos fabricated at the White House and not at the State Department. For example, European Union countries which insist on keeping the Nuclear Agreement with Iran and which, because of it, support mutually advantageous trade relations with Tehran, are on the hawks' crosshair.
Turkey and India, with all their peculiarities, have faced unprecedent pressure and acts of intimidation simply because they opted for military equipment providers other than the US.
President Donald Trump's indiscriminate use of sanctions indicates the inability of the United States of conducting a competitive and legitimate battle on international trade. There is a confusion between politics, interests, military power, and business that generates strong instability.
Given the importance for Washington of a favorable outcome to the Venezuelan crisis, we cannot rule out that the next victims of the Oval Office sanctions will be in Latin America. In a way, it is already happening.
An example: Central American countries that do not accept the policy of migratory containment will pay a high price in the form of resource blocks and/or canceling of economic and military aid.
Argentina and Brazil, despite all the proximity and chemistry between their presidents and Donald Trump, are not immune. The consequences may be devastating and are directly related to the escalating crisis in Venezuela and the collapse of the current regime, whether through intervention or not.
Marcelo Rech is a journalist and editor for InfoRel. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.