The White House could not defeat Mexico; Biden-Harris unilateralism failed

Again, US Vice President Kamala Harris was unable to subject Mexico to the unilateral logic of US national security. The Summit last Thursday, September 9, at the White House failed to materialize in a joint statement and the two parties stayed for later meetings.

For the first time in post-revolutionary history, the US president refuses a personal meeting with the Mexican president. On the other hand, also for the first time, an official with the rank of power decreed in the National Security Council takes charge of the bilateral agenda with Mexico.

In this context, the Biden-Harris Administration has not understood the nationalist autonomy approach of President López Obrador and the path of the post-neoliberal project that it is adjusting in the facts to, without reaching the structural review, correct the productive concessions of the Free Trade Agreement. Commerce signed by President Salinas de Gortari in 1993.

But the most important part of the Biden / Harris-AMLO relationship lies in the strategy of Mexican Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard Casaubón to unlink the productive dependence of the Treaty with the strategic and national security objectives of the Mexican government. In other words, we are facing an adjustment to the Negroponte Memorandum of April 1991 in which the then US ambassador to Mexico, the US national security strategist John Dimitri Negroponte, consolidated the Treaty as a way to break the three pivots of Mexico: nationalism vis a vis the harassment of the US, the nationalist foreign policy and the strategic role of the State in shaping the national project.

The Negroponte Memorandum, revealed in May 1991 by Proceso magazine, marked Mexico’s commitment to the principles of US national security. The serious thing about the matter was the fact that President Salinas always knew that the Treaty was not only a productive integration agreement, but that it implied the defeat of historical Mexican nationalism and the subordination of Mexico to the US national security umbrella.

From the document of the diplomat – strategic adviser in Vietnam and the first central director of intelligence after the terrorist 9/11 – the key paragraph is rescued:

“The dimension of Mexico’s foreign policy is in the process of dramatically changing the substance and image of its foreign policy. It has gone from an ideological, nationalist and protectionist vision to a more pragmatic, competitive and outward vision of world problems. The factor that forced this change was the failure of the previous policy to respond to the needs of the Mexican people, but the best and most responsible political leadership was clearly an indispensable factor. “

By decision of Salinas de Gortari, Mexico handed over its foreign policy and nationalism to the interests of the United States. Hence the way in which all Presidents Bush Jr., Obama, Trump and now Biden see Mexico as a minor employee and lacking even the possibility of defining their “national interests”. The High Level Dialogue on September 9 was unilateral, with no possibility for the Mexican Foreign Minister to present Mexico’s approach in the four formal areas. Otherwise, the four binational pillars defined by the US represent the interests of the White House defined in the National Security Strategy of March this year.

The photogenic smiles of Vice President Harris could not hide the failure of the bilateral Summit. And they did not clear up the doubts of the underlying border security agenda based on three vital issues for Washington: the control of the bilateral border today in the hands of organized crime and the corruption of officials from both countries, the US decision to come to Mexico. to combat the drug cartels and the Mexican complaint that the drug structures in the US are controlled by smuggling tolerated by the US government, drug consumption as demand that determines the supply and control of retail drug trafficking in cities of The US by eleven Mexican cartels that arrived, settled and operate with the tolerance of the White House.


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