The world of Andrés Manuel

When last Saturday President Andrés Manuel López Obrador announced that he would designate the outgoing governor of Sinaloa, Quirino Ordaz, as the next Mexican ambassador to Spain, the question remained when the approval of the crown had been requested. When this Tuesday he said that he was just going to ask the Ministry of Foreign Relations to request it, what was made clear is that, once again, presidential occurrences continue to dominate foreign policy, where the person responsible for it, Marcelo Ebrard, does not it does, or cannot do anything to stop the mad rush of this government in the field of diplomacy, which has raised the eyebrows of many. A senior European diplomatic source asked, not without confusion, what happened to Mexican diplomacy, which was very clear and consistent. That was in the past; today it has been reduced to an anecdote.

Ordaz will replace María del Carmen Oñate Muñoz, a career diplomat since 1979, who presented her credentials to King Felipe VI less than a year ago. A well-known diplomat, she is retired because the president could not think of a better fate for the governor. Nothing unusual in the forms and ways in the National Palace, as happened last year, when after having Josefa González Blanco in the freezer for having abused power as Secretary of State, he appointed her ambassador to the United Kingdom, who to stay with That commission that had the impulse of her neighbor on a ranch in Palenque, Beatriz Gutiérrez Müller, renounced her British nationality.

González Blanco’s closest experience with the Foreign Service had been the appointment of her ex-husband, Agustín Basave, as ambassador to Ireland, appointed by then Chancellor Jorge Castañeda to be close to their son, who lived with his mother in London. A meaningless appointment was also the appointment of Blanca Elena Jiménez, a world-renowned environmental engineer, dismissed as director of Conagua for not accepting the whims of Palacio in the cuts of water supply for political purposes, as ambassador to France.

The politician’s management and contentillo of the president with the embassies, has been a constant. To Washington, replacing the experienced diplomat Martha Bárcena, with a track record for having been chancellor, the president sent Esteban Moctezuma, without diplomatic experience, to shake him off the Ministry of Public Education, where he had become a drag. In China, it awarded Jesús Seade, who as its negotiator in the ratification stage of the trade agreement with the United States, delivered everything the Democrats asked for, who are now suffering the consequences of the Ministry of Economy and Labor.

The United States, the United Kingdom, France and Spain are the four main embassies in the Mexican Foreign Service, by levels of political, commercial, cultural, educational and investment exchanges. The contempt with which the president handles the appointments, with Ebrard’s complicit silence, is just one of the sample buttons of the president’s idea of ​​foreign policy, where his psychosis, disguised as political balance, is the mark of the house.

We see it now with the invitations to the Scream and the military parade this week. López Obrador will have the President of Cuba, Miguel Díaz-Canel, as the guest of honor at El Grito, whose presence has generated controversy in Mexico, although the strongest reactions are still invisible. Díaz-Canel will be one of the participants in the summit of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States, which will take place on Saturday, but until now, the only one invited to be on the balconies of the National Palace on September 15. The relationship with Cuba is close, and the government supported that nation with food medicines when the US embargo was ratified again. López Obrador sent five ships to Havana, until the vice president of the United States, Kamala Harris, spoke with him. A sixth left surrounded by secrecy for Cuba, after the conversation.

López Obrador likes to play with fire, without knowing it well if he knows that it can burn. On Monday, 20 members of the Venezuelan Armed Forces arrived in Mexico through the back door of Toluca. It is true that delegations from many parts of the world are invited to September 16, but an Army internationally accused of being linked to drug trafficking – the famous Cartel of the Suns -, supporter of the autocratic government of Nicolás Maduro, is not the best company for the Mexican Armed Forces, which today are accused of accumulating power and, at the same time, of omission in the fight against drug trafficking.

He rubbed his affections on the United States’ face with two of his enemies, days after submitting to his strategic conditions in the bilateral relationship, receiving the new ambassador to Mexico, Ken Salazar, and putting his hand to President Joe Biden to finance Sowing Life and Young People Building the Future with 1,425 million dollars, to attack the roots of Central American migration, according to a document published by Milenio, which are channeled through the Agency for International Development, which it has repeatedly accused of intervene in Mexican internal affairs.

The United States has already said no to its programs, but López Obrador insists. They also asked him to stop attacking the Organization of American States, but he has been proposing his disappearance. He sends Ordaz to Spain to “reestablish” relationships that he himself destroyed, but continues to demolish Spanish companies with his accusations of corruption. López Obrador wants to play with everyone, even if he has no other intention except to get his way. He must feel untouchable, but in reality he is remarkable how inexperienced he manages foreign policy, where the only thing that explains the mechanics of his mind is schizophrenia.

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