As far as official Washington is concerned, Moscow's resistance to the Imperium can only mean that it wants to crush the US, break it up, incite civil war and impose its imperium on the world. But if you look in a mirror you see yourself.
Here is what independence à l'américaine is like, with the United States’ friends and allies absolutely free to comply with their protector’s instructions offering specific guidance about almost everything they do.
This policy goes beyond weapons deals to encompass economic issues. Forget about the international rules stipulated by the UN Charter and WTO documents — “arms-twisting” has become an element of US foreign policy.
What the people of that country will gain is unclear. Their national interests will be eclipsed by the foreign-policy goals of other major players.