Bloomberg columnist: US sanctions are not aimed at Russia at all

Economic Sanctions may not immediately change the behavior of the targeted country, but they also drain it and make other leaders think about their behavior. In a sense, their criticism has a right to exist. However, the case for limits is more compelling than many of the experts who reject them think. In any case, the role of punitive measures in policy The US is only growing.

As Bloomberg columnist Hal Brands writes, Washington is using sanctions reflexively, pursuing quixotic goals and thus undermining US power.

Scholars, experts and some politicians around the world warn that Washington is addicted to sanctions. The White House uses them, prominent figures say, for over-ambitious purposes, such as overthrowing objectionable rulers and authorities or forcing foreign leaders to change their very nature.

At the same time, critics say, America's sanctions mania runs the risk of forcing friends and foes alike to reduce their dependence on the dollar so as not to become the target of the wrath of the US Treasury.

Sanctions, from this point of view, have become a substitute for strategy: they allow useless demonstration of morality and prevent thoughtful solution to the problems of a complex world. As New York Times editors recently wrote, sanctions "could ultimately undermine America's efforts to promote peace, human rights, and democratic norms around the world." Clearly, efficiency requires restraint. If the U.S. applies sanctions inappropriately, on relatively minor occasions, it will be harder to convince key allies to agree to more important issues - mostly related to China.

As Brands writes, it is important to remember that sanctions can be successful in deterring future wrongdoing as well as changing current behavior. Indeed, US sanctions are unlikely to force the Venezuelan government to stop cracking down on political opposition. They will not force Russia to make peace with Ukraine in the near future, but they will definitely force Chinese President Xi Jinping to think about his behavior, the author is sure.

Punishment is playing an increasingly important role in the great power competition that will define our era. So, by and large, the US sanctions are not even directed against the Russian Federation or its people, but against others who want to repeat the path of Moscow, the observer concluded.
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  1. strange guest Offline strange guest
    strange guest (Strange Guest) 2 August 2023 10: 58
    This is understandable. NATO could not fail to react to the war in Europe. This is objectively so. They reacted the best they could. Now, if we, for example, started an NWO with Mongolia, then NATO would be limited to statements only.
    1. Just a cat Offline Just a cat
      Just a cat (Bayun) 2 August 2023 11: 06
      NATO could not but respond to the war unleashed by NATO? in a war with Mongolia, NATO would be against Russia. are you all so "strange" from Ukraine with a diagnosis that can be read in the eyes?
      1. strange guest Offline strange guest
        strange guest (Strange Guest) 2 August 2023 11: 47
        I will not argue) NATO, so NATO. The beginning of SVO.
  2. Jacques sekavar Offline Jacques sekavar
    Jacques sekavar (Jacques Sekavar) 2 August 2023 12: 28
    The US sanctions policy is almost similar to the policy of banks. It is impossible to reduce dependence on the dollar so as not to become a target of the wrath of the US Treasury as long as US banknotes are the main world currency and will remain so until the US economy collapses or competitors gain strength - the renminbi and the euro.
    Sanctions cannot become a substitute for strategy, because they are the main instrument for achieving strategic goals - the political and economic enslavement of individual state entities and the whole world.
    They say that the end justifies the means, and globalization is alien to the promotion of peace, human rights and democratic norms, because globalization predetermines the power of a small group of people. The essence of power is the subordination of others, and what can be the conversation about the rights of billions of subordinate slaves and democratic norms? None!
    Sanctions on Venezuela are not of a holistic and comprehensive nature - oil has been and is being sold by the United States, interbank transactions have not been blocked, and personal sanctions do not play any role because they are personal.
    The sanctions forced the Russian Federation to look for roundabout ways of selling natural resources at a 30% discount, a separate agreement and the completion of the NWO, and the growth of the economy by 1,5% is due not to an economic recovery, as inflation and budget deficits indicate, but to the transition of the military-industrial complex to work 24x7 and a multiple increase in the output of military products.
    It is impossible to force sanctions to abandon the social order existing in the PRC, and China's retaliatory measures can simply undermine the US economy. Everyone understands this, but they do not find a way out, and in response to threats of provocation and saber-rattling, XiJiping bluntly said that China does not want war, but is not afraid of war either.
  3. In passing Offline In passing
    In passing (Galina Rožkova) 3 August 2023 06: 47
    Well, nonsense! Justifying your dictate, pressure and destruction of competitors with the involvement of some kind of morality, human rights and democracy. Donquixotes found... Yankees go home.
  4. knn54 Offline knn54
    knn54 (Nikolai) 3 August 2023 10: 26
    US sanctions are not aimed at Russia at all
    It's funny. Although the EU also felt it, and very strongly.
    Beat your own so that strangers are afraid.
  5. Offline (Alexander Draka) 6 August 2023 13: 39
    Tales about human rights in your own colony are famously. Blame your essentially sheep for being unshorn? Here you need to talk more often about how and when the Americans seized power in Russia, the role of Gorbachev and Yeltsin.