It might be thought that Secretary of State Mike Pompeo would be obsessed with destroying the US’s degraded international image after his boss encouraged a mob invading government agencies to bid back on the results. Of the last elections, five people were killed
But top American foreign policy officials have an urgent need to attend. In addition to ruining his reputation with over 200 self-congratulatory tweets, he spent his last days working diplomatically throwing banana peels to formally inherit his successor. But it was awkward defining a foreign actor he didn̵7;t like. terrorist.
Unfortunately, Pompeo’s efforts to stick to the Biden’s administration would cost millions of civilians serious and unnecessarily costly. Ultimately, though, the policy was detrimental to innocent people as the months-long review process to terminate it was done.
Pompeo got his start on Sunday, designating the Houthis, a rebel group controlling most of Yemen’s territory, as A “foreign terrorist organization” on Monday he pursued a suit, designating Cuba as a supporter of terrorism.
What is more evident than the Pompeo movement is the resistance to Cuba. Yes, this country has a systematic suppression of political conflicts and has a poor human rights record and allies with a poorly conditioned country with Washington, especially Venezuela. But that’s not the same as advocating for terrorism.
Technically, Pompeo is upholding that allegations of terrorism can come, especially in 2018, Cuba agreed upon a request from the Colombian government to provide a secure port and passageway to ELN’s leadership, the guerrilla group. The US-designated Marxism and others are terrorist organizations so they can hold peace talks with Bogota, but after ELN claimed responsibility for the deadly bombing of police institutions in January 2019, the Colombian government. Newly asked Cuba to give up its promise to travel safely and hand it over to ELN leaders for trial, which Havana refused to do.
It’s not just Cuba’s refusal to violate the safe harbor assurances made for peace talks – it’s a far cry from advocating the terrorist attacks. But the United States has for years allowed other neighboring countries, for example, to allow Qatar to offer a safe harbor to the Taliban leader. Carrying out peace talks with the US despite ongoing attacks on US forces
Pompeo’s announcement also cited Cuba’s refusal to violate the 1970s extradition and abandon relations with Venezuela as a settlement. But do these frustrations meet the criteria of “repeatedly advocating international terrorism” in the current sense?
The misuse of the name of terrorism is generally understood to be a political handout to the Cuban-American hardline, fueling President Donald Trump’s victory in Florida in November. But the name designation of terrorism will have a major impact on Cuba’s tourism-focused economy, disrupting economic ties with other nations, which can now take action under U.S. law to deal with Cuba, which will suffer. Success in hurting ordinary Cubans But not taking power of the government
Pompeo’s decision one day earlier to designate Yemen’s Houthi rebels as a foreign terrorist organization was superficial defensive. But it is actually more fundamentally flawed, as it threatens far more serious consequences than Cuban policy.
The Houthi rebels, which rule most of Yemen’s population center, including the capital of Sanaa, are undeniably violent. They seized control of most of the country in 2015 and are now at war with Saudi and Yemeni forces seeking to revive the former government and have moderate Iranian material support in its military practice.
In this wartime context, the Houthis attacked targets in Yemen, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. (Which largely avoided the conflict in 2019), however, they did not carry out any significant attacks against the United States or Israel, its close allies.
The definition for a foreign terrorist organization states that the country or group must act or intend to conduct politically motivated attacks on non-combatants that specifically threaten the interests of the United States. While the Houthi missile strikes indiscriminately kill civilians. But the larger-scale Saudi air strikes, which have killed thousands of Yemeni civilians, are backed by President Barack Obama and Trump.
The terrorist group designation is no doubt intended as a gift of parting ways for a country that Trump continues to view as a loyal ally, as well as a way to increase the pressure on Iran by designating it. More open support for Houthis to aid terrorists, which may help. Undermine Biden’s already difficult project to restore a nuclear deal with Iran that Trump has abandoned.
To ensure that the Houthis are guilty of non-discriminatory and cruel acts. But by designating a regionally targeted rebel army as an international terrorist group, Pompeo is creating a humanitarian crisis that will have the worst impact on more than 16 million Yemeni civilians living in Houthis-controlled areas.
That is because the terrorist designation makes humanitarian aid groups potentially criminalized for delivering food and medical assistance to those areas, potentially devastating to 80 percent of Yemen’s population dependent on humanitarian aid. Although Pompeo signaled that the legal power of the designation would not be applied to humanitarian groups. But the legal protections for aid groups were not engraved in Pompeo’s rush to launch terrorist assignments.
Pompeo knows the decision will mess up his heirs to clean up.Two years ago, the Trump administration decided not to use the designation precisely, fearing it would hinder the action. Handover assistance
And there is no need to worry that decades of US sanctions against Cuba and the years of war in Yemen would destroy any illusion that further intolerance about Havana or Houthis will force them to leave.
The damage from this irresponsible movement extends beyond Cuba and Yemen, Pompeo’s blatant misuse of the name “terrorism” has also led to the use of the term in states and groups that conduct it. Indisputable terrorism Ultimately, the moral authority that is presumed to drive the list and its tenure by foreign companies could vanish if power is imprudently used against states and armed groups that are not fit for the bill.
Fortunately, the Biden administration could – and in both cases almost certainly – reverse Pompeo’s last-minute assignments.However, there would be a contentious and time-consuming review process that would be used by tax and political capital. Not necessary
Of course, it suits Pompeo and Trump, as it creates new opportunities to resist Biden’s displeasure and improve the performance of his foreign policy agenda. But that doesn’t make these actions an “Diplomatic barbarism” against American foreign policy, deliberately or even less unreasonable.