August 2021, while the Americans officially left Afghanistan in absolute chaos, the geopolitical cards of the world were shuffled once again. The leader of the western world and its allies are contested and the legitimacy of its foreign intervention is in question. American officials recognized the failure of its 20 years of military interventions in Afghanistan. However, they did not stay still for too long.
A month after their retreat, the imperialist strategy of the U.S is back, emphasized by stripping away from Paris its lucrative naval weapons contract. To reaffirm its strong military power, the U.S. had to show its presence somewhere else to its concurrent. They are looking to show that they might have failed in Kaboul but would not give up facing the new battleground, like in the cold war era. “The war is not over,” said Senator Mitt Romney, a former Republican presidential candidate. “We are more in danger than before. Moreover, we will have to invest more to guarantee our security” Cable News Network, August 29, 2021.
After passing through the Middle East chaos, the United States switched its gaze to the Pacific and directed its navy against China. The mini-diplomatic crisis between France and the U.S., solved in a few phone calls, illustrated the position of Europe as being part of the Alliance led by Washington with the United Kingdom and Australia.
“THE’“Incident” is closed: the High Representative of the Union for Foreign Policy, Josep Borrell, on Friday, October 15 in Washington, displayed his desire to turn the page of the Franco-American crisis on the Aukus file, which had cooled relations between the United States and Brussels, welcoming enhanced transatlantic cooperation,” said 16 October 2021.
While its presidents are chatting, France’s military power declines as they joined the integrated command of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) led by Washington. By doing so, France is giving up a growing part of its diplomatic sovereignty to a European Union at the boot of the United States until a more concrete European military alliance emerges. The European Union is at the mercy of the two most robust economies and military powers of the world – China and the United States – until it maintains its set of sanctions against Russia which prohibits any agreement “from the Atlantic to the Urals.”
To disappear from the geopolitical land space, France should urgently show to Washington and the countries who are part of the Pacific region that it will not be resigned to the war in the Pacific that the United States and China are preparing. (Martine Bulard, “The Atlantic Alliance beats the campaign in Asia,” Le Monde diplomatique, June 2021.).
- The United States Of America Reshuffling Its Geopolitical Deck - October 24, 2021