Friday, May 11, 2018

Paul Robinson — Time to break free from America

Some steps have already been taken. We see new financial structures outside US control beginning to emerge, such as the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank and the petro-yuan. Already financial journalists are speculating that the US decision to renege on the Iranian nuclear deal will strengthen the latter. I tend to the view that such developments are an inevitable part of the global shift in economic power. As the US declines in relative economic terms, its grip on international institutions is bound to weaken. But decisions such as that concerning Iran can only accelerate this process. Very gradually, but nonetheless more and more perceptibly, other countries are going to want to distance themselves from the United States.
The Americans are like a man sinking in quicksand.: the more he struggles in an effort to get out, the faster he sinks. As their relative power declines, the Americans are fighting with all their might to retain their hegemony, striking out in sometimes rather peculiar directions. But the very act of struggling just sucks them down further. In the aftermath of Trump’s decision on Iran, the sound of the sand sucking America under can be heard louder and clearer than ever before....
Once a critical mass is reached, there is a rush for the door. It builds gradually but finishes fast.

Time to break free from America
Paul Robinson | Professor, Graduate School of Public and International Affairs at the University of Ottawa

See also

Spiegel Online
Exit from Iran Deal: Trump Strikes a Deep Blow to Trans-Atlantic Ties

Trump and Iran: Time for Europe to Join the Resistance

See also

Sputnik International
China and Japan Make Breakthrough in Cooperation Amid Trade War With the US

German FM Says US Exit From JCPOA Damaged Transatlantic Relations – Reports

France to Propose Iran Sanctions-Blocking Measures to EU Parl't - Official

Ten O’Clock to Tehran: China Launches New Rail Link with Iran as US Severs Ties
See also

Merkel to visit Russia on May 18 to discuss Iran nuclear deal

US exit from Iran deal weakens trust in global order, warns German leader

See also

The Duran
Vassals no longer: Merkel, Macron advocate European sovereignty


Matt Franko said...

These are great headlines.... and you guys all say there is no democracy????

Tom Hickey said...

and you guys all say there is no democracy????

These are elites talking to each other.

But in the background is the voting booth, and leaders know that leadership can change. Some European leaders are getting concerned about following the lead of the US since it is not popular at home. More importantly, the business communities that getting hurt are pressuring their governments to change course and protect them from becoming collateral damage in US economic warfare.

Matt Franko said...

The collateral damage already happened due to the outsourcing...

Domestic oriented businesses stand to gain via Trump policy while the MIC is given a reprieve from the higher operational tempo and undergoes a tech refresh....

Trump voters expect the foreign nations to look after their own interests while we look after ours... times are a changing ...

Matt Franko said...

Tom, Ross explains it very plainly here:

They have another 3 years to work this issue and then stand for another 4 years...