A Secretary of State Mike Pompeo feels his boss will be ready to shore up the battered international image of the United States after encouraging the crowd, which has caused a storm to the Capitol to reverse the outcome of the previous election Instigated in which five died.
Pompeo’s efforts to stick it to the Biden administration would have imposed drastic and completely unnecessary costs on millions of citizens.
But America’s top foreign policy officer has more pressing matters to attend. In addition to igniting his reputation with over 200 self-congratulatory tweets, he is spending his last days in office formally throwing diplomatic banana peels in the way of his successors, but oh so effortlessly, to foreign actors He does not like to be named a terrorist.
Unfortunately, Pompeo’s efforts to stick it to the Biden administration would have imposed drastic and completely unnecessary costs on millions of citizens. Although ultimately reversible, policies will inflict collateral damage on innocent people, while a months-long review process is completed to eliminate them
Pompeo began on Sunday by naming the Houthis, a rebel group that controls a large part of Yemen, as a “foreign terrorist organization”. On Monday, he sued Cuba by designating it a state sponsor of terrorism.
More clearly resentful of Pompeo’s moves is against Cuba. Yes, the country systematically represses political dissent and has a poor human rights record, and it associates with countries on poor terms with Washington, particularly Venezuela. But this is not the same as sponsoring terrorism.
Technical Pompeo is bowing down to allegations of terrorism, particularly invisible. In 2018, Cuba requested the Colombian government to provide safe harbors and routes to the leaders of ELN, a Marxist guerrilla group in Colombia that the US and others have designated as a terrorist organization, so they are in Bogotá. We can have peace talks with them. But after the ELN claimed responsibility for the deadly bombing of the police academy in January 2019, a new Colombian government asked Cuba to abandon its promise of safe passage and hand it over to ELN leaders for trial, which Havana had to do Refused.
Not only has Cuba denied violating a safe harbor assurance made for peace talks, actually cries away from sponsoring terrorist attacks, but the US has allowed other countries equally – Qatar Permit to offer safe harbor to Taliban leaders, for example, hold peace talks with US despite ongoing attacks on US forces.
Pompeo’s declaration cited Cuba’s refusal to extradite 1970s-era radicals and renounce their ties with Venezuela as justification. But do these complaints really meet the criterion of “providing repeated assistance for acts of international terrorism” in any current sense?
The misuse of the terrorism designation is generally considered a political handout for Cuban-American hard-liners who promoted President Donald Trump’s victory in Florida in November. But the terrorism designation would primarily harm Cuba’s tourism-oriented economy by damaging economic relations with other countries, which could now flout U.S. law to deal with Cuba. It would succeed in harming the ordinary Cuban, but not the rule’s hold on power.
Pompeo’s decision to designate Yemen’s Houthi rebels as a foreign terrorist organization the day before is superficially more defensive – but in fact more fundamentally flawed, as it is of grave consequence compared to Cuban policy There is danger
The Houthi rebels, who rule most of Yemen’s population centers, including the capital of Sanaa, are undeniably a violent group. He seized most of the country’s controls in 2015 and is now at war with the Saudi army and Yemeni factions seeking to reinstate the former government, and receiving moderate support material from Iran in its military undertakings Huh.
In the context of this war, the Houthis have launched attacks against targets in Yemen, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates (which exited the conflict in 2019). However, he has not launched any significant offensive against the US or its close ally Israel.
The definition of a foreign terrorist organization specifies that the country or group has carried out or intends to conduct politically motivated attacks on non-dissidents that specifically threaten American interests. While the Houthi missile strikes have killed civilians indiscriminately, the same is largely true of the Saudi airstrikes – which have killed thousands of Yemeni civilians – while enjoying the support of President Barack Obama and then Trump.
The terrorist group designation is undoubtedly intended as a gift to a country Trump still sees as a loyal partner, as well as a means of pressuring Iran to support its growing support for the Houthis to terrorists As Biden’s first difficult project to revive the nuclear deal with Iran – which could help Trump quit.
To ensure that the Houthis are indicted for indiscriminate and cruel acts. But by designating a rebel army with purely regional targets as an international terrorist group, Pompeo is thwarting a humanitarian crisis that will most directly affect the 16 million Yemeni civilians who live in areas controlled by the Houthis.
This is because the terrorist designation criminalizes humanitarian aid groups for potentially delivering food and medical aid to areas that have potentially disastrous consequences for 80 percent of Yemen’s population who depend on humanitarian aid. Although Pompeo has indicated that the legal powers of the designation will not be used against humanitarian groups, ilegal protection was not undertaken for aid groups in Pompeo’s mob to roll out the designation of terrorism.
Pompeo is aware that this decision will create a mess, which his successor must clean up, because two years ago the Trump administration decided not to properly implement such a designation, as it would provide aid.
And never mind that decades of American sanctions on Cuba and years before the war in Yemen should clear up any confusion that destroying additional rejection on Havana or the Houthis will force them to go away .
Misuse of Pompeo’s “terrorism” designation also undermines the application of the term to states and groups that unquestionably carry out terrorist activities.
The loss of this irresponsible act is beyond Cuba and Yemen. Misuse of Pompeo’s “terrorism” designation also undermines the application of the term to states and groups that unquestionably carry out terrorist activities. Ultimately, the determined moral rights that drive the list, and its adherence by foreign companies, can evaporate if its powers are exercised against states and armed groups that are not worth billing.
Fortunately, the Biden administration will – and almost certainly will in both cases – reverse Pompeo’s last-minute designations. However, this would require a controversial and time-consuming review process that would unnecessarily consume tax dollars and political capital.
This is fine on Pompeo and Trump, of course, as it would create new opportunities to quell resentment against Biden and fulfill the functions of his foreign policy agenda. But this does not in any way reduce or deliberate these actions of “diplomatic barbarism” against America’s foreign policy.