Summit of the Americas, a Failure Before It Started: US Experts

The Los Angeles meeting “looks to be a debacle,” with the United States having no trade proposal, no immigration policy, and no infrastructure package.

The Summit of the Americas “was a failure before it started” and “nothing will come out of it of any substance,” said Daniel Kovalik, an American lawyer who teaches international human rights at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law.

The Summit is taking place in the absence of several Latin American leaders, including Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador (AMLO), who boycotted the affair after its ideologically-driven host refused to invite Cuba, Nicaragua and Venezuela to the gathering.

By unilaterally excluding Cuba, Nicaragua and Venezuela, the United States is trying to punish them because they “try to have their own foreign policy,” seek to “go their own way economically” and want to use “their own resources for their own people’s needs instead of allowing them to just be exploited by U.S. companies,” said Kovalik.

“The United States is still trying to dominate those countries and isolate them. The U.S. talks about freedom and independence, yet it doesn’t honor those things for other people. The U.S. has never accepted other countries’ independence and still doesn’t,” he continued.

“For Mexico, not to come is huge, obviously — Mexico borders the United States; it’s a huge trading partner with the United States; it’s a very important country in the hemisphere,” he said. “For Mexico, to have an empty seat at the summit just says volumes.”

On Monday, AMLO said that “there cannot be a Summit of the Americas if all countries of the Americas cannot attend” and slammed what he called “the old interventionist policies” that lack respect for other countries and their peoples.

Kovalik said the United States “doesn’t treat any country as an equal, not even its allies,” referring to America’s pressure on Europe to ban oil from Russia — Europe’s main energy supplier — in the wake of the Russia-Ukraine conflict.

“Look at what they’re doing to Europe right now. Forcing them to give up Russian gas and oil is going to destroy their economies. And I’d say the U.S. doesn’t care, but it’s even worse than that. I think that was actually one of the intended goals of the sanctions,” he noted.

Richard Haass, president of the U.S. think tank Council on Foreign Relations, tweeted that he thinks the conference “looks to be a debacle,” with the United States having “no trade proposal, no immigration policy, & no infrastructure package.” The summit illustrates the hegemonic power’s shrinking impact on the Western Hemisphere.

“The truth is the U.S. influence has been declining for a long time. The only way it’s maintained its influence is by sheer brute force. That’s true now pretty much throughout the world,” the expert expounded. “All it has is brute force, and that’s not working because you can’t control everyone all at once. I think the U.S. will continue to find its influence waning in Latin America.”

“The irony is the U.S. is isolating itself. That’s what it comes down to. The countries in the world are saying: Look, we are sick of this. We are sick of you telling us who we can talk to, who we can be friends with, and what kind of economy we can have. I don’t think the U.S. has learned its lesson yet,” said Kovalik.

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