Both Venezuela and Iran economies are suffering badly. The former will not last a decade, as currently constructed, without higher energy prices. The U.S. would love to end the Bolivaran movement in S. America. Oil Cos. would love to get their hands on those resources. Iran is stronger in some cases but needs to end internal pressures for a more open society. They're more powerful, however, than The House of Saud, by many measures. China grows stronger every day and uses its' money to enhance the home front without the implied threat found in The Monroe Doctrine. Their so-called meddling really is of the , " tell Mike it was nothing personal, it was just business " variety. Russia stands by itself and has more nukes than you can shake a stick at. The U.S. finds itself like the one legged man in a butt kicking contest: he just can't maintain the pace and not lose his balance. And, once he's down, he's toast. Meanwhile, USains suffer from all the endless fighting. The Environmental Movement, in all its' varieties, must get a lot stronger before the Bankster/Oily Gangsters have sleepless nights. Here's hoping.