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This analysis seems strained. One wonders in what sense EU countries are "held". It is not just "early" US leadership that decided to forego tribute. The US runs, and has run, a large trade deficit with the EU. Despite Trump's tantrums, this shows no signs of abating.

One also wonders into whose arms EU nations might run? In what world would the Baltics or Poland embrace Russia? What wild fantasies would prompt EU nations to look to China to protect themselves from the US?

What the Venezuela situation* highlights, yet again, is the moral bankruptcy of European foreign policy without US leadership.

*The "it's the oil" claim makes little sense, pace Bolton. If anything, the self-induced collapse of the Venezuelan oil sector helps US frackers. And anyway, such concerns in Iraq amounted to nothing. None of this is to suggest that Trump is acting in good faith.

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