A spate of atrocities over the past week suggests that the Erdogan regime in Turkey is desperately trying to goad Washington into a wider Syrian war.
Who’s giving the orders here?
In this fissile situation of rogue regimes going even more rogue, the prospect of an all-out regional and even global war is sharply increased.
It is common to think of the US and its global system of allies and clients as a top-down order. Washington is the executive and the rest are mere minions and vassals, to do as Uncle Sam beckons.
While that is largely correct, the rapidly changing world has seen a precipitous decline in American power, in line with its flagging economy. The US may…
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