Trump’s sanctions have created both unimaginable alliances and unimaginable losses for America | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED

Trump’s sanctions have created both unimaginable alliances and unimaginable losses for America

Sanctions-obsessed neoconservatives in the Trump administration led by Mike Pompeo and since-fired John Bolton have inadvertently created and strengthened partnerships that were previously unthinkable.

The Trump administration has turned economic sanctions into a joke, exposing them for what they really are: tools to tilt the global economic playing field in America’s favor in the guise of defending human rights. Any humanitarian justification for sanctions goes right out the window when the screws of increasingly harsher sanctions are turned on countries struggling for medical and economic relief amid the global Covid-19 crisis.

The logic of Trump’s neocon foreign policy architects seems to be that by cutting off basic survival requirements of citizens in countries the interests of which don’t align with those of the Washington establishment, these besieged foreigners will be inclined to do Washington’s bidding and overthrow their own government. But that’s not what’s actually happening. People know the difference between problems caused by their leaders and those imposed by foreign actors. And while they may dislike or disagree with the actions of their governments, it’s a huge leap to presume they’re going to just accept whatever strategies or opposition puppet Washington has chosen for them.

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