Interference undermines U.S. global credibility, analysts say – Reuters

A file photo shows the White House and a stop sign in Washington DC. [Photo/Xinhua]

Deep involvement

In September 2000, an article published by ABC News in Australia reported that the CIA had recognized for the first time the extent of its deep involvement in Chile, where it was “dealing with putschists, false propagandists and assassins”.

Castrillon said: “The irony is that history shows that these policies have rarely had an effect – creating anxiety in affected countries and, in the long run, undermining the credibility of the United States. That is what what has happened in recent years with the American position towards Venezuela.”

He added that the US government is now seeking to reconnect with Venezuela “at a time of high oil prices.”

Imtiaz Gul, executive director of the Center for Security Research and Studies in Pakistan, said Bolton’s admission speaks volumes about US actions abroad to bring down governments he doesn’t like or which it believes defeats its purposes, without accepting any responsibility. .

In a website article titled “Our Dangerous Ally Could Draw Us Into War With China,” John Menadue, an Australian businessman and commentator, said: “The United States is the most aggressive and most violent in the world. its exceptionalism, based on aggression and violence both at home and abroad, and finds it hard to admit its mistakes.”

Menadue said the United States has a military and business complex that “depends on war for influence and enrichment.” He added, “The overthrow or interference in foreign governments is diverse,” citing examples ranging from Honduras to Indonesia, Iraq to Syria.

In 2016, a Washington Post analysis found that from 1947 to 1989, the United States attempted to change the governments of other nations 72 times, 66 covertly and six openly. The newspaper did not specify where these operations took place.

The Global Policy Forum, an independent policy watchdog that monitors the work of the UN and examines global policymaking, has listed US military and clandestine operations in foreign countries from 1798 to the present day, excluding of Washington’s operations during the two world wars.

The list from 1947 to the late 1980s includes Greece, Italy, the Philippines, Korea, Vietnam, Iran, Guatemala, Lebanon, Indonesia, Cambodia, Angola and Nicaragua . In recent years, the United States has also played a role in the conflicts in Iraq, Afghanistan, Yemen, Syria, Libya and Ukraine.

In March 2003, the United States invaded Iraq on the basis of false intelligence, claiming that Baghdad was developing weapons of mass destruction, which were never found.

Then-Secretary-General Kofi Annan called the war illegal, saying it “was not in accordance with the Charter of the United Nations”. The New York Times also reported that Annan had raised questions about the legitimacy of US and UK actions in going to war without specific authorization from the Security Council.

Salman Bashir, Pakistan’s former ambassador to China, said: “Without a doubt, there have been huge consequences for people in places like Libya, Iraq and Syria. But for big self-respecting states, it may just be a wish list of some In principle, the international community would consider this a serious transgression of law and morals.

Recently, calls have been made to investigate the role of the United States in the conflicts in the Middle East. In December, the New York Times released confidential Pentagon assessments of reports of civilian casualties from US-led airstrikes in Iraq and Syria.

The newspaper said the documents showed how the war in the air was marked by “deeply flawed intelligence, hasty and often inaccurate targeting, and the deaths of thousands of innocent civilians, many of them children.”

In June, a U.S. Government Accountability Office report found that the Department of Defense and State Department “have not fully determined the extent to which U.S. military support has contributed to civilian harm in Yemen.”

Even as the United States imposed sanctions on Syria, there were allegations that American troops stationed there had looted Syrian oil and grain. In May, a UN special rapporteur focusing on the impact of unilateral sanctions urged the United States to lift its embargoes on Iran because such measures violated international law.

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, or UNHCR, estimates that by the end of last year some 89.3 million people had been forcibly displaced worldwide – more than double the 42.7 million of forcibly displaced people ten years ago – and the most since the Second World War.

He said that these displacements were the result of persecution, conflict, violence, human rights violations or events seriously disturbing public order, with many such incidents occurring in countries where the chaos is orchestrated by the United States.

UNHCR also estimates that more than two-thirds of the refugees under its mandate come from just five countries: Syria, Venezuela, Afghanistan, South Sudan and Myanmar. Analyzes have highlighted US policies against the first four countries on the list that have led local populations to become refugees.

Amina Khan, director of the Center for Afghanistan, Middle East and Africa at the Institute for Strategic Studies in Islamabad, said Afghanistan and Iraq are stark examples of how American foreign policy has gone wrong.

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