Is missile defense the way out for the United States?
As North Korea’s continued missile launches demonstrate, a country with an advanced missile program in tandem with a nuclear capability can operate at a high level of impunity in defiance of the international community, global sanctions notwithstanding.
What North Korea seems to have discovered, based on lessons from places such as Libya and Iraq, is that the best leverage any state could have against regime change, or international pressure aimed at changing regime behavior, is the possession of nuclear weapons combined with a delivery system that allows such weapons to be deployed against the United States and other Western states. As Dan Coats, President Donald Trump’s director of national intelligence, said:
[Kim Jong-un] has watched, I think, what has happened around the world relative to nations that possess nuclear capabilities and the leverage they have and seen that having the nuclear card in your pocket results in a lot of deterrence capability…..The lessons that we learned out of Libya giving up its nukes…is, unfortunately: If you had nukes, never give them up. If you don’t have them, get them.
… mais ce qu’il planifie pourrait être tout aussi mauvais
Trump était plus agressif que d’habitude hier quand il a déclaré qu’il n’excluait pas une « option militaire » au Venezuela, et les médias internationaux se sont mis à croire que le président envisageait une invasion. Rien ne justifie ce que Trump a dit mais, en écartant toutes les considérations morales, sa déclaration n’aurait pas dû surprendre et, d’une manière intéressante, elle pourrait même se retourner contre lui.
Tous les présidents des États-Unis réitèrent systématiquement la rhétorique selon laquelle « toutes les options sont sur la table » en cas de crise que leur pays a provoquée à l’étranger et dans ce cas c’est par une Guerre hybride imposée au Venezuela que les États-Unis cherchent à contrôler par procuration les plus grandes réserves de pétrole du monde dans la ceinture de la rivière Orénoque et briser le groupement ALBA socialiste-multipolaire.
01/09/2017, by John Holman
Mexico City, Mexico – US President Donald Trump is not known to be a defender of the underpaid, under-protected Mexican labour force, but his administration is making noises about the low salaries and lax regulations that workers in Mexico have to put up with.
There is a reason for that. The Trump administration believes low Mexican wages make for unfair competition for their own workforce and lure in companies that instead might have set up in the United States. With the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) on the negotiating table again after 23 years, the Trump administration, when they are not threatening to pull out of the trade deal, is looking to even up the playing field. The focus on salaries is likely to continue into the second round of renegotiations taking place in Mexico itself from September 1st to 5th.
But while the US administration’s concerns over Mexican workers’ rights might not be altruistic, they do contain a basic truth. Mexican workers are, on average, the worst paid of the 35 countries in the OECD. Wages have stagnated. According to Mexico’s National Autonomous University (UNAM), the real value of the country’s minimum salary has dropped 60 percent in the past 30 years.
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The US imposed sweeping financial sanctions on Venezuela on Friday, which were angrily denounced by Caracas and dramatically ratcheted up tensions between the two countries.
The sanctions, which US President Donald Trump signed by executive order, prohibit American financial institutions from providing new money to the government or the state oil company, PDVSA, and could make it harder for embattled Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro to raise badly needed cash to prevent a debt default.
They also restrict the Venezuelan oil giant’s US subsidiary, Citgo, from sending dividends back to Venezuela and ban trading in two bonds the government recently issued to circumvent its increasing isolation from Western financial markets.
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Igor Pshenichnikov, diretor do Instituto Russo de Estudos Estratégicos, explicou por que a intervenção militar norte-americana na Venezuela é mais provável do que o bombardeio da Coreia do Norte.
O presidente dos EUA disse que seu governo está considerando uma série de possibilidades para lidar com a atual crise na Venezuela, onde, segundo ele, nem uma intervenção militar deve ser descartada. O ministro da Defesa da Venezuela, Vladimir Padrino López, considerou que essa intervenção “será a máxima expressão do extremismo” e que “uma elite extremista governa os EUA”.