While the Bush and now Obama administrations have sought to pressure Iran on its nuclear program, Tehran has been building up a stronger relationship with its historic adversary, Russia, and with other countries outside the U.S. orbit, like Venezuela.
As news analyst Pepe Escobar notes, these new alliances – combined with Chinese and Arab resistance to the continued dominance of the U.S. dollar – present complex challenges to Washington as it seeks to protect U.S. interests in the Middle East and elsewhere.
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The mounting problems for U.S. global power play out as the U.S. political/media system seems increasingly incapable of addressing the nation’s structural challenges or – for that matter – even facing up to reality.
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