The United States has long been a hypocrite when it comes to economic and foreign policies. They are willing to sanction anyone who exhibits or creates an environment not in line with the empire’s whims, but at the same time are more than happy to deal with terrorists, human right abusers, and dictators if it furthers their own financial and political goals.
Case in point. Back in early 2014, the Obama administration ordered economic sanctions to be placed on Russia as cover for a coup they helped engineer in Ukraine. And although they implemented these sanctions without the authority and backing of the United Nations, they then coerced the European Union states to follow suit and restrict their dealings with the Eurasian power.
Russia of course countered these unlawful sanctions with trade restrictions of their own on all nations who chose to follow U.S. hegemony on this, and two years later a very interesting dichotomy has emerged from this environment.
That is, the U.S. has overtaken the EU in trade done with Russia, despite the fact that they were the nation who sanctioned Vladimir Putin and Russia to begin with.