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Pompeo's Kingston visit aimed at saving the OAS' Almagro

US President Donald Trump (L) speaks as US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo looks on during a bilateral meeting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel on the sidelines of the NATO summit at the Grove hotel in Watford, northeast of London on December 4, 2019. (Photo by Nicholas Kamm / AFP) US President Donald Trump (L) speaks as US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo looks on during a bilateral meeting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel on the sidelines of the NATO summit at the Grove hotel in Watford, northeast of London on December 4, 2019. (Photo by Nicholas Kamm / AFP)
Washington, DC, January 20, 2020 - The visit of Donald Trump’s Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo to Jamaica next Tuesday is cause for concern not only for Jamaicans but also for all Caribbean peoples and governments.

The concerns which relate to the US Secretary of State’s visit, come against the background of his recent address to the Permanent Council of the Organization of American States or OAS in which he shamelessly supported  the re-election of Luis Almargo, the current wrecklessly pro-imperialist Secretary General of the OAS, who has spared no effort to deliver to the US whatever its geopolitical objectives are in the Caribbean and Latin American region.

It is clear that Almargo is the US puppet in chief at the OAS, who uses the organiuzation to advance the interests of US imperialism against the interests of the governments and peoples of the region. That’s precisely why Almargo constantly attacks and opposes the sovereign rights of nations like Cuba, Venezuela, Nicaragua and Bolivia under President Morales’ leadership to seek their own path to self-determination and development.

That’s why Almargo lied about fraud in the October elections in Bolivia that reflected Morales hands down victory and that’s why he openly supports the right-wing coup against President Morales. That is also why he recently launched a campaign to attack and discredit Cuba’s globally prestigious international medical program that has delivered health care services to millions of poor people all over our region and the world.

Thus, for all those reasons and more, the US Secretary of State Pompeo, (who, along with his president, cannot provide to date a credible narrative for the assassination of the Iranian General Soleimani, and who is still silent about the firing of the  US ambassador to the Ukraine), called Almargo “ a model for Secretaries General including the UN Secretary General.”

Consequently, the upcoming visit of the US SOS Pompeo to Jamaica where he will have bilateral meetings with Jamaica’s PM Holness and Foreign Minister Johnson Smith as well as bilateral meetings with the Foreign Ministers from Haiti, the Bahamas, the Dominican Republic, St. Kitts and St. Lucia is of the gravest concern. 

Firstly, why is it that Jamaica and the other countries are selected by Pompeo is an immediate concern for CARICOM UNITY? Secondly, why are Barbados, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Dominica, Guyana and other CARICOM countries not invited to these bilaterals with Mr. Trump’s envoy to our region?

Thirdly, is this a case of the old tried and tested imperialist tactic to once again “divide and rule” CARICOM governments and nations about yet another geopolitical objective of the US empire? Finally, what exactly is this particularly geopolitical objective of the US empire that sparks Mr. Pompeo’s visit to Jamaica?

According to reports, Pompeo will seek to lobby these Caribbean nations to vote for the empire’s “ model Secretaries General” Almargo so that he can continue to promote and defend the US empire’s geopolitical interests in our region.

If re-elected Almargo will try to enforce United States' interests of isolating and harassing governments like Cuba and Venezuela, and reward those like Jamaica and Haiti who put the empire’s interests above those of their peoples.

Ultimately, the most important question is not whether US imperialism desires Almargo to be re-elected as SG, nor is it whether the empire’s emissary meets with the cited Caribbean governments to lobby them to vote for their puppet at the OAS. On the contrary, the real question is whether the governments of the countries that the US emissary meets with, will allow the US to openly interfere in their domestic affairs, and whether they will allow the US empire to wreck CARICOM UNITY to re-elect a SG who has no respect for their sovereignty, their right to self-determination and the national dignity of their peoples. 

Further and most importantly, the question is whether the US empire’s select seven (7) nations are going to allow Pompeo and the empire to trample on article 6 of the Treaty of Chaguaramas which requires the achievement of two intertwined goals, namely:

(a) the achievement of greater efficacy “in dealing with third States” such as the US in this case;
(b) the effective coordination of CARICOM member states “foreign and  foreign economic policies”                                                             both of which have been cornerstone policies of CARICOM since its founding in 1973.

The latter will be the test once again of the mettle of CARICOM but more so the seven (7) states including Jamaica that the US empire consciously selected so as to garner their votes to re-elect an obvious traitor of the best traditions of sovereignty, self-determination, independence and dignity that our peoples demand of their governments. 

As such, those traditions require a resounding NO vote for Luis Almargo as SG which is a YES vote for sovereignty and dignity of the suffering peoples of our region!!

Lastly, it’s worth noting the words of the former US Secretary of State Henry Kissinger that “America doesn’t have friends only interests.” This is particularly true for all those CARICOM governments who may consider the United States as their friends or may consider themselves as friends of the US, as they get ready to vote for the next SG of the OAS.

Clearly, the US knows it’s interests which is why Pompeo is pushing for Almargo’s re-election as SG of the OAS, the question is how well CARICOM knows its own interests!

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