Emily Green, a reporter based in Mexico City, tweeted on March 12, 2020 about Mexico’s lax response to the Wuhan flu.
She noted, “Mexico’s response to the coronavirus seems to be, we aren’t fucked yet so let’s act like this is no big deal, at which point we really will be fucked and then… scared to imagine what that looks like here. Case in point: major music festival continues this weekend in CDMX.”
Mexico's response to the coronavirus seems to be, we aren't fucked yet so let's act like this is no big deal, at which point we really will be fucked and then… scared to imagine what that looks like here.
Case in point: major music festival continues this weekend in CDMX.
— Emily Green (@emilytgreen) March 13, 2020
John Daniel Davidson, the Political Editor at The Federalist, noted the potential danger of a Wuhan flu outbreak taking place in Mexico.
It's going to seem like there is no Wuhan virus in Mexico until it's completely out of control there. Uncontrolled outbreak is Mexico is something US policymakers need to be thinking about and planning for right now. https://t.co/HV2YawJCl5
— John Daniel Davidson (@johnddavidson) March 13, 2020
Countries like Russia have already closed down their border with China, recognizing the potential danger of having a porous border with a country being rocked by a deadly pandemic.
America will need to wake up to this reality, given its southern neighbor laughable incompetence on practically all fronts of public order.
Is the U.S. a serious country with national interests, or a global shopping mall that Big Capital and foreign oligarchs can pillage as they please?
Time will only tell.
Trump was elected on an America First platform, which stressed border security.
Now, more than ever, he should shut down the border to demonstrate that he is serious about following through with his agenda.
Will Josh Hawley be the Next Champion for an America First Foreign Policy?
America First May Have its Next Leader to End Wars Abroad
Does America First have a new non-interventionist champion?
Missouri Senator Josh Hawley has been viewed by many as one of the figures who could potentially lead a Trumpist movement after Trump, should Joe Biden end up being installed as president on January 2021.
Hawley has made a name for himself as a champion of Middle America and questioning the neoliberal orthodoxy on immigration and trade. Lately, Hawley has made a pivot towards questioning the interventionist conventional wisdom on foreign policy.
In early October of this year, the Missouri Senator called for the American government to withdraw troops from Afghanistan. Hawley tweeted, “Almost 20 years now in Afghanistan. Long past time to draw this war to an end.”
Hawley’s foreign policy has been a work progress over the past two years. During a 2019 speech Hawley gave at the Center for a New American Security (CNAS), he questioned the nation-building policy prescriptions of previous administrations, demonstrating some degree of skepticism towards non-stop interventionism abroad on the part of the Senator.
That said, it remains to be seen if Hawley’s legislative record will fully match his rhetoric.
Hawley is a staunch China hawk, who fears the rise of China and is a strong voice against China’s expansionist efforts. Hawley’s track record shows that his foreign policy views are rough around the edges. Daniel Larison of The American Conservative is not as optimistic about Hawley judging by his votes on the Yemeni Civil War. Larison cited several of Hawley’s votes that may be cause for concern:
“Sen. Hawley voted against the Senate’s resolution of disapproval that opposed the president’s effort to circumvent Congress with a bogus “emergency” to expedite arms sales to Saudi Arabia and the UAE. More important, he voted with the president and most Senate Republicans against the antiwar Yemen resolution that would have cut off all U.S. support to the Saudi coalition.”
Nevertheless, Hawley’s comments on Afghanistan are a good sign that Hawley is catching on to the fact that Americans are tired of foreign wars. Politicians can change their views and behaviors. Hawley is likely recognizing that the America First movement is exhausted by the endless wars and wants candidates and elected officials who offer withdrawal plans.
— Josh Hawley (@HawleyMO) November 24, 2020
Journalist Glenn Greenwald, a fierce interventionist skeptic, maintained cautious optimism about Hawley. In a tweet, he commented, “All kinds of reasons to be skeptical of the authenticity here, but — purely as a matter of rhetoric — just imagine any national Republican speaking this way about a Dem administration even 10 years ago. The framework of politics is radically shifting.”
All kinds of reasons to be skeptical of the authenticity here, but — purely as a matter of rhetoric — just imagine any national Republican speaking this way about a Dem administration even 10 years ago. The framework of politics is radically shifting:https://t.co/0g3jpVPsDm
— Glenn Greenwald (@ggreenwald) November 24, 2020
The jury is still out on Hawley. Regardless of flaws in his voting record, America First advocates should continue to push him and other America First leaning Republicans in the right direction. We should never forget that politicians are still receptive to political pressure and the grassroots holds the keys to political change.
Young senators like Hawley are the future of American politics and it makes sense for foreign policy restrainers to lobby them and push them in a direction that favors non-interventionism.
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