To Bring Nicaragua Under the Thumb, U.S. Promotes “Economic Security” Program

July 28, 2019

Nicaragua is among several countries with policies generally opposed to austerity that Washington has targeted on its hit list of “national security threats.” According to the White House statement for the record, “When Venezuela is free, and Cuba is free, and Nicaragua is free, this will become the first free hemisphere in all of human history.”

This is part and parcel of the bipartisan program, embraced by both the Republicans and Democrats, of knocking down any and all barriers to the “free flow of goods and capital” throughout the “global marketplace.”

In order to “keep all of its options on the table,” Washington also sends some $1 billion/year to finance its aggressive military alliances such as the Organization of American States and the Rio Pact. So too, as part of keeping Latin American militaries under control, the Pentagon trains tens of thousands of Latin American soldiers and officers every year, directly integrating an upper caste of them into the Pentagon's command structure.

Through the program of militarization, “globalization” and “neo-liberalism,” the U.S. monopolies are stepping up their demands that all the resources of the continent be put at their disposal. It has long been for the aggressive, colonial aim of “protecting” its empire against the movements of the people for national liberation and social emancipation that U.S. imperialism has pursued militarization of Latin America and waged war against the peoples in order to suppress any opposition to its domination.

Last month, the Trump-Pence administration also invoked H.R.1918 – Nicaragua Human Rights and Anticorruption Act of 2018 – in order to impose several new sanctions on Nicaragua. In November the 115th Congress passed the bill, introduced by Robert Mendez (D-NJ), which was signed into law in December.

The “Nicaragua Human Rights and Anticorruption Act” calls for economic and diplomatic sanctions against Nicaragua with the aim of pressuring it to accept U.S. dictate. The Nicaragua Human Rights and Anticorruption Act is a dangerous step on the road to yet another U.S. war.

According to the “Worldwide Threat Assessment of the U.S. Intelligence Committee” from January, Nicaragua is of U.S. interest in the Western Hemisphere along with several other Central American countries. The Director of National Intelligence Daniel Coats writes, “We assess that high crime rates and weak job markets will spur additional US-bound migrants from the Northern Triangle – El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras – while a political crackdown in Nicaragua dims that country's already bleak economic outlook. Illicit migration northward from the region shows no signs of abating, despite increased messaging by governments to dissuade potential migrants and stepped-up immigration enforcement by Mexico. Many migrants apparently perceive that traveling in caravans on the journey north affords a certain level of security, and the decision to do so appears to result from a combination of individual motivation, encouragement from social media postings, and politically motivated efforts by some individuals and organizations. Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega's refusal to heed calls for negotiation amid his political crackdown, which has left more than 300 people dead and contributed to allegations of human rights abuses, threatens to deepen a recession in one of the region's weakest economies.”

The Trump administration and Congress know that they cannot simply come in front of the American people and say, “We want your tax monies to organize fascism and war against the Nicaraguan people.” So, the government is again trying to conceal its war program in the name of “human rights.”

The militarization of Latin America and U.S. aggression against the peoples has always been a by-product of U.S. colonialism. Through its branch plants and its banking networks, U.S. monopoly capital has come to own the land and the resources of the dependent and colonial countries and to exploit the labor of the toiling masses.

Rather than being a motor of economic development, the imperialist exploitation is the primary cause of the poverty and relative economic backwardness of the colonial and semi-colonial countries.

For the workers and people of Latin America, U.S. neo-colonialism and its entire program of foreign capital investment, privatization and neo-liberalism – the program of increasing U.S. economic domination – intensifies poverty by way of soaring unemployment and downward pressure against wages, austerity budgets which slash social investments, the loss of economic sovereignty over such vital resources as industrial infrastructure, oil, minerals, and other raw materials, as well as the labor supply.

Today no spot on the earth or in the heavens is excluded from the ravenous appetite of the imperialist superpowers as each strains to project its own economic and strategic interests and extend its spheres of influence. The U.S. monopoly capitalist class, in particular, has always considered Latin America as its “backyard.” As the worldwide crisis of capitalism deepens and the inter-imperialist contention between the U.S. and other superpowers intensifies, U.S. imperialism wants to “maintain U.S. competitiveness in the global economy” by stepping up its exploitation and plunder of the continent and relying on military might to assert itself as the sole superpower.

The entire ideology of the U.S. government proceeds from the imperial doctrine that the “national interests” of the U.S. capitalist class give it the right to exploit and dominate the peoples of the whole world.