While the U.S. wastes time blaming Russia for hacking, Moscow looks to pluck Japan away from the West

It has not been a very good year for the U.S. establishment, which saw their power take a severe blow with the election of Donald Trump as the next President.  And when you couple this with the failures of the shadow government's gambit in Syria, perhaps it is not surprising that the once great nation known as America is little more than a paper tiger who is now relegated to blaming scapegoats for just about every one of their failures.

US Secretary of State John Kerry told Syrian aid workers, hours after the Geneva peace talks fell apart, that the country should expect another three months of bombing that would “decimate” the opposition.

During a conversation on the sidelines of this week’s Syria donor conference in London, sources say Kerry blamed the Syrian opposition for leaving the talks and paving the way for a joint offensive by the Syrian government and Russia on Aleppo.

“‘He said, ‘Don’t blame me – go and blame your opposition,’” one of the aid workers, who asked to remain anonymous to protect her organisation, told Middle East Eye.

— Middle East Eye

This blame game, especially against Russia, has encompassed nearly every government agency in recent weeks, and has made the United States look like idiots and buffoons to the international community.  And perhaps it is this show of weakness that is causing one of Washington's greatest allies to turn away from the U.S. and seek better opportunities with her greatest adversary.

Russia’s Far East Investment and Export Agency and the Far East Development Fund signed a cooperation deal with the Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC) to establish a joint investment fund, Russian Deputy Prime Minister Yury Trutnev said Thursday.

About 50 business contracts are expected to be signed on the sidelines of the Russian-Japanese business forum that Russian President Vladimir Putin and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe are expected to attend on Friday.

Putin’s visit to Japan on December 15-16 is widely seen as a breakthrough in the Russian-Japanese relations, taking into account that it had been postponed since 2014.

— Sputnik News

Full video of Vladimir Putin's December 2016 interview with Japanese journalists from Nippon TV and the Yomiuri Shimbun newspaper with English subtitles (translated text here)

Prior to Friday's Memorandum of Understanding with Japan, Russia was in the process of also coaxing two other significant countries into joining with them in the Eurasian Economic Union.  In fact, their growing partnerships with Turkey and Iran are leading Washington to lose significant authority over both NATO and the Middle East.

Last month's election of Donald Trump, and the American people's rejection of an Establishment that has dominated domestic and international affairs for more than 30 years, is creating for Washington's two biggest global opponents the opportunity to fill a vacuum that has emerged in the economic, military, and geo-political space as the world no longer has confidence in U.S. hegemony.  And the more that America's media, intelligence services, legislature and even Executive branch continues to double down on blaming Russia for everything from the Presidential election results to why the Dallas Cowboys lost a football game last weekend, the more the world will pivot away from the dollar and U.S. foreign policy and look towards nations who are more interested in establishing peace and prosperity than they are in war and sanctions.