Muslim Dude, Not disagreeing with your points, but I don't think things are so clean and clear. As an example, at a high level, US policy towards the Ukraine was to prevent it from joining the Eurasian Union. Russia very much needed it to be in that due to the population/market, and the Russia-leaning industry. That industry is going to be wiped out and the market will be pitiful for a long time due to the collapse. This was a big win for the US, and a big loss for Russia. Gaining the Crimea was a significant achievement, and it avoided a terrible problem for Russia. But Russia has been harmed greatly. Russia's economy has been its weak point, and now it is even weaker. Sure, Putin et al. did a very good job in a lousy situation, but we need to be realistic about the losses for Russia. Similarly, there are a number of important things going on in the world that are not good for those of us who oppose the Anglo-American Empire. The TPP, for instance. This is bad news for China, and very good news for Western corporations. In South America, things don't look so good. The reality is that the media are overwhelmingly pro-Western and people want the American Dream. Same as in the Ukraine. And the oligarchs are pro-American or pro-Spanish, too. So the BRICS may have to ignore Latin America for five or ten years, as the US may be too strong. Not good, but Russia and China have no practical way of influencing media or social institutions there. There was hardly a Russian "social" presence in the Ukraine, and we saw how that turned out. China doesn't have much of a "social" presence in Vietnam or the Philippines as near as I can figure. Taking money from tourists is not the idea. The idea is things like media and NGOs and social groups. The US may decide to abandon the Middle East and concentrate on Europe and Asia. This might end the tragedies we have seen lately, but it is a far cry from the end of US imperialism. The US abandoned Vietnam at one point, but empires take a long time to bring down. As long as the US prints the money for free, it will be hard to get countries to resist American bribery.