According to the Secretary of State, such an approach will help “disarm critics and skeptics who will try to use” Washington’s flaws to undermine its “global leadership in these issues.”
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken urged his subordinates abroad, as part of the course of the US administration to promote democracy and human rights, not to hush up problems in this area in their country. According to the newspaper Politico, the corresponding internal circular was sent on Friday to American embassies around the world. According to the Secretary of State, such an approach will help “disarm critics and skeptics who will try to use” Washington’s flaws to undermine its “global leadership in these issues.”
“This means that we recognize our imperfection. We don’t sweep [garbage] under the carpet. We are openly fighting this,” the publication quotes an excerpt from the Secretary of State’s circular.
This approach also involves criticism of American allies. The Secretary of State outlined the following list of priorities for diplomats: support for democratic reform movements “in strategically important countries and close partners of the United States,” providing the population with opportunities to combat surveillance technologies while providing access to information, fighting corruption and preventing human rights violations by security services, even those foreign countries to which the United States supplies weapons.
Politico describes the order of the head of American diplomacy as a risky political step, “given the angry reaction of conservatives to attempts by educational and other circles to remind about the problems of the United States in such sensitive issues as racism.”