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.
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.
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.