According to data from the U.S. Federal Register, the current president has signed 93 executive orders as of the second week of February 2019. At only three years in, he is on pace to meet or exceed his predecessors in the office. Most recently, two exective orders were signed with great import. The first was EO 13857, “Taking Additional Steps to Address the National Emergency With Respect to Venezuela and the second, EO 13858, “Strengthening Buy-American Preferences for Infrastructure Projects.
While at first glance these two orders (both signed in late January) do not seem to have any anything in common, they actually do. Venezuela is embroiled in a domestic leadership scuffle that threatens the security of the nation. The economics of strengthening America and intervention lie in the balance.
As we look at the growing refugee and immigration crises sweeping the Western world, it is clear a connection has not been made between the destabilization of foreign governments and protocols and the chaos that eventually drifts the Western shores. While EO 13858 seeks to strengthen “Buy-America” and domestic economic systems, it is summarily undermined by EO13857 which pushes globalization beyond regional diplomatic intervening talks to actions that create refugees and internally displaced persons (IDPs).
While many quadrants are pulling back from demonstrable economic globalization through focus on domestic financial security, such interventions abroad force its own populations to contend with massive waves of refugees and interminable regional occupations that suck resources from their own local economies. Per the U.S. Executive Order and reports on the Hill; it is clear the U.S. hopes to involve itself in Venezuela’s leadership standoff.
The U.S. Along with Ireland, Brazil, Australia and most of Western Europe have come out in support of an interim president, Juan Guaido; while others such as China, Bolivia, Cuba, Russia, and other BRICS countries support Venezuela’s autonomy under Nicolas Maduro. It is unclear how this form of leadership globalization with its capacity to reach into sovereign nations may once again foster economic breakdowns in Western enclaves around the world.