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francopoli  ·  325 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: U.S. State Department has been gutted, with no end in sight

Looks like Russia got its money worth.

bfv  ·  325 days ago  ·  link  ·  

By making sure international relations programs in the States will have great faculty until the circus leaves town and they get hired back because institutional knowledge?

francopoli  ·  325 days ago  ·  link  ·  

With the State Department in shambles it becomes harder for the US to apply soft power around the world. It is harder for us to oppose the shit they are pulling off in the Ukraine. We are losing the ability to use sanctions and economics against North Korea. We are losing influence in India. Syria is still a shit show. Etc.

Russia wants a weaker US hegemony, and now they are getting it.

goobster  ·  323 days ago  ·  link  ·  

The ironic thing is that Russia is not equipped to fill in the vacuum, but China already is. So Russia has weakened the US as a world power, and handed that responsibility to China... who Russia has an even more contentious relationship with.

So... Russia being short-sighted and full of hubris again? Oh what a surprise...

francopoli  ·  323 days ago  ·  link  ·  

China has you covered on that one

Gonna be weird living in a world where the dominant superpower is a Communist Dictatorship masquerading as a free market. I'm not going to be alive then, so all you kids out there? Enjoy the decline.