Washington’s antagonistic efforts are also harmful to global post-pandemic recovery, where cooperation is required to repair the broken supply and industrial networks. Some US allies may claim that they may benefit from the alliances or arrangements suggested by the US. That is narcissism. Being a passenger on the US chariot is not a free trip. At some point, there is a disproportionate cost for every small gain they receive from Washington.
Consider Europe as an example. When the United States’ allies on the continent are facing the brunt of the continuing Russia-Ukraine crisis, the US, which aided its partners in inciting the war, has declined to intervene directly and has instead fished in hazardous waters. Furthermore, if Washington encounters a clash of national interest with any of its allies, it will not hesitate to sever ties.
The United States, dissatisfied with some of New Delhi’s responses to the Ukraine crisis, has cautioned India that the ramifications of a “more explicit strategic alignment” with Russia would be “severe and long-term.” It has become more evident that, in the view of those in Washington, friends and partners are merely tools to be utilized to advance US self-interest.
This helps to explain why many people are skeptical of Washington’s false promises made during this week’s Summit of the Americas in Los Angeles, a gathering boycotted by numerous regional leaders due to the United States’ exclusion of three countries. The US “doesn’t treat any country as an equal, not even its allies,” according to Daniel Kovalik, an American lawyer who teaches international human rights at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law, who added that the summit demonstrates the hegemonic power’s diminishing impact on the Western Hemisphere.