I think you're giving them too much credit. The fuckers who came up with the petrodollar, for example, they were evil geniuses. But one of the defining traits of an age of decay is is how absurdly low the bar is set. Being evil is just so easy
nowadays that the most abject cretins can rule the world, and, inevitably, they will. Or are, as the case may be. The crew in charge right now is the most inept one to ever occupy the White House. Were it not for the crises, they would have breezed through it, as it looked like they would until March, and no one would ever have to know just how awful they are. But the bar was suddenly set awfully high, perhaps the highest it has ever been for America, and this crew cannot and will not clear it.