Is this the beginning of the end of the American Empire?
The United States has by far the largest military in the world, but Vietnam proved that sometimes that's not enough. An empire needs other nations submit or at least cooperate.
That becomes difficult when you're extremely unpopular. That's where America is today.
In 20 of the 29 countries and areas that Gallup has results for so far in 2020, approval ratings of U.S. leadership are at new lows or they tie the previous lows.
Median approval across the 29 countries and areas stood at 18% in 2020, down from 22% for this same group in 2017. On its face, this decline is not good news for the next U.S. administration, but even worse news is the number of allies on the list of countries where approval dropped to historic lows: Ireland (20%), the United Kingdom (15%), Denmark (14%), Switzerland (10%), Germany (6%) and Iceland (5%).
This doesn't necessarily mean anything to the American Empire if the leadership of those nations are still in our pockets. However it does create a window of opportunity to get out from under our thumb.
Judging by what happened this week, that appears to be exactly what's going on.
First there was the judge in the UK ruling against extraditing Assange.
More importantly, there's the developments with the Nord Stream pipeline.
In Germany, the Climate and Environmental Protection Foundation approved by the parliament of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern will take risks of the U.S. sanctions against contractors of Nord Stream 2 as Deutsche Welle reported.
The foundation will deal with the purchase of equipment and construction materials to carve out other contractors from the possible U.S. sanctions.
This is a big deal because it allows Russia access to hard currency, and ensures their ability to withstand our sanctions. While at the same time it weakens the right-wing governments in Poland and Ukraine. The American Empire loses its leverage in Eastern Europe.
This isn't the first time Europe stood up to US sanctions. Europe created Instex a few years ago to avoid sanctions on Iran. However they were never truly serious about using it.
This time it appears Europe is serious, it's not just a symbolic act.
But the big surprise was when the EU decided to part ways with our Venezuela policy.
The European Union has dropped its recognition of Juan Guaidó as Venezuela's interim president after he lost his position as head of its parliament.
Josep Borrell, the EU's foreign affairs chief, referred to him in his latest statement as one of the "political and civil society actors striving to bring back democracy to Venezuela", after controversial incumbent Nicolás Maduro took control of the Venezuelan National Assembly at last December's disputed elections.
But the European Commission explained that it was a decision taken collectively by EU governments.
This isn't exactly a bold brave stand. It's more like a reluctant admission of reality.
But what it does do is it opens the door to diplomacy with the actual government of Venezuela.
The reality is that the members of the Coalition For A Coup have been quietly slipping out the backdoor for months.
However, the press statement issued by the US State Department and GAC is notable because of the dwindling number of ally countries that are now “committed to the restoration of democracy in Venezuela.” What used to be a long list of more than 50 nations is now down to just 19
I'm starting to think the government of Venezuela might actually survive. It's hard to say because the American media lies so much about the situation there. Remember about six years ago the right-wing media said Venezuelans were eating rats and zoo animals? If that was true they'd all be dead by now.
Going forward we could be looking at virtually the entire continent of South America (except for Brazil) shifting to the left and outside the reach of the American Empire.
Next month the Ecuador election in which the Socialist candidate is leading in the polls.
The following month Peru gets their chance to elect someone good.
And later in the year it's Chile's turn, where a communist mayor is leading in the polls.