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American and European politicians must face reality: Russia is diplomatically isolated from the West, but not from China and Iran, nor from many nations where economic and political elites have less and less confidence in the Biden administration and more in Beijing, Moscow, and even Tehran. Whether Ukraine is saved or lost, this war will have made clear that a free world, erratic, and weakened from within, is losing to the authoritarian and politically realistic ascendant bloc led by Beijing.
The Biden administration has transformed our fragile international order into a new global disorder that paves the way for Beijing. There are 7 critical signs that warn us of the magnitude of the global disorder being created by Washington as a result of an inept and self-destructive administration:
China’s Imperialist Goals in Africa
In Africa, Beijing is advancing an imperial experiment with growing support from the continent’s authoritarian and corrupt elites, while Russia maintains strong alliances with Libya, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Mali. Moreover, African politics is marked by post-colonial discourse and Beijing hides its imperialism behind an effective Marxist discourse against the old colonial powers, to which a White House devoted to woke economic, academic and media elites that support the neo-Marxism of the CRT cannot respond.
The Strengthening of China’s Ties with Russia
Beijing is strengthening its alliance with Moscow because Russia is a declining power in a geostrategic position vital to Beijing’s Silk Road and Strip, as well as a reliable source of energy resources that China lacks. Beijing is counting on Russia to become increasingly dependent on China, thus securing the fossil fuels it needs to continue to grow economically.
India has reason to fear Beijing’s rise, and Moscow is its main arms supplier. New Delhi has approached, with legitimate misgivings, a West whose mistakes in Afghanistan weakened the arcs of containment to China, but it still needs Russian arms in the face of China’s growing military threat in the Indo-Pacific and its border tensions with Pakistan and China itself. Although New Delhi sees the closeness of Moscow and Beijing as a security risk, Washington is not doing what it should to provide it with security and incorporate it as a major ally in the containment of China in the Indo-Pacific.
The Increment in Anti-Americanism and Marxism
In Ibero-America, the resentful anti-Americanism of the upper classes feeds on the radical Marxist ultra-left in the United States itself, and on Washington’s failures to deal with an infinitely weaker Cuba, which clings to anti-Americanism to project an abysmally disproportionate soft power and destabilize the region.
A Weakened Middle East
Arabs increasingly distrust the Biden administration over issues ranging from the disastrous withdrawal from Afghanistan to the suicidal negotiations with Tehran to resume Obama’s failed nuclear deal in an even looser version. Washington refuses to confront Tehran’s growing sponsorship of terrorism across the Middle East by alienating its Arab allies while Beijing deftly lures them away.
Iran’s Nuclear Deal and Ignoring Israel’s Demands
Tel Aviv, Washington’s staunchest ally in the Middle East, notes with concern that the Biden administration repeatedly ignores Israel’s interests, especially by insisting at all costs on signing a disastrous nuclear deal that will strengthen the military and terrorist capabilities of a Tehran that is moving into China’s orbit through its agreements with Russia.
Destroying America’s Energy Independence
And at home, the Biden administration has destroyed the U.S. energy independence by insisting, at all costs, on monetary, fiscal and regulatory policies that severely weaken the U.S. economy and competitive capacity, while clinging to the ideological woke crusade of the neo-Marxist wing of the Democratic Party, deepening internal divisions and attacking the very foundations of national identity.
Washington will not be able to sustain the current international order by applying policies at home that weaken its own economy and attack the very foundations of the nation itself, while it pursues an erratic and irresponsible international policy that alienates its allies and gives free rein to its enemies.
Guillermo Rodríguez is a professor of Political Economy in the extension area of the Faculty of Economic and Administrative Sciences at Universidad Monteávila, in Caracas. A researcher at the Juan de Mariana Center and author of several books // Guillermo es profesor de Economía Política en el área de extensión de la Facultad de Ciencias Económicas y Administrativas de la Universidad Monteávila, en Caracas, investigador en el Centro Juan de Mariana y autor de varios libros