*******UPDATE: While We, the People were sleeping. our very own Dear Leader gave Kim Jong-Un exactly what he wanted: South Korea. Wait for it. *******
By the time you read this, We, the People and the rest of the world will pretty much know, probably via that well-respected news organ Twitter, what has happened in Singapore. What we will probably not know is what Feckless Leader gave to Dear Leader in return for whatever.
The G-7 may or may not be a total disaster. We don't know yet, but one thing for sure, that picture of the G-7 folks at the table with Feckless is the most spin-able photo ever taken. It's like one of those lamp-n-faces drawings ... you can see a vase or two faces. The NY Times did a pretty good job of demonstrating how this scene can be manipulated...and it's worth looking at the series of pictures. On the side, the memes weren't too bad, either.
The whole summit was an exercise in erratic. Our president pretty much declared economic war on the allies who have, along with the United States, safe-guarded Western-style democracy for the last 7 years. And if that wasn't strange enough for you, he then un-signed the declaration drafted at the end of the part of the meeting he attended...on Twitter, of course, before he took off for Singapore for his on-again-off-again meeting with Dear Leader, Jr. He said he didn't need to prepare for this meeting, but he would know in less than a minute whether this guy was serious. Reminded me a lot of Dubya's meetings with Vlad-the-Malevolent-Despot:
'I looked the man in the eye. I found him to be very straightforward and trustworthy. We had a very good dialogue. I was able to get a sense of his soul.'' George W Bush, 2001
Yeah, well, we all know how that worked out. Now, we have Vlad playing the man-behind-the curtain. Makes you kinda wonder how he managed to get Feckless to demand he be reinstated as a member of the G-7. At the post-coital press conference our president told the world:
This used to be the G-8, not the G-7.
And something happened a while ago, where Russia is no longer in.
Something happened? This must be like something happened when Canada burned down the White House. Something happened? He doesn't know why Russian isn't on the G-Team?
Can you say Crimea, boys and girls?
And then he blamed President Obama for the annexation of the Crimea. Really?
Well, you know, you have to ask President Obama, because he was the one that let Crimea get away. That was during his administration. And he was the one that let Russia go and spend a lot of money on Crimea, because they've spent a lot of money on rebuilding it. I guess they have their submarine port there and such.
But Crimea was let go during the Obama administration. And, you know, Obama can say all he wants, but he allowed Russia to take Crimea. I may have had a much different attitude. So you'd really have to ask that question to President Obama, you know, why did he do that? Why did he do that? But with that being said, it's been done a long time.
Isn't this guy supposed to be the Leader of the Free World? What the hell is he doing trying to disband it? What is he doing?
But I digress. Back to the one-minute soul-search. From the transcript of his press conference on June 10th:
Q: How long do you think that it will take you to figure out whether he's serious about denuclearization?
TRUMP: That's a good question. How long will it take? I think within the first minute I'll know
TRUMP: Just my touch, my feel. That's what I do. How long will it take to figure out whether or not they're serious? I said maybe in the first minute. You know, the way — they say that you know if you're going to like somebody in the first five seconds. You ever hear that one? Well, I think that very quickly I'll know whether or not something good is going to happen.
Touch and feel? Is Michael Cohen around to pay Dear Leader for a little touchy-feely action?
The handshake between Feckless Leader and Dear Leader is its own brand of creepy. We know one of them is thinking about how long before Ivanka can open the Pyongyang Tower. I bet little buddy is pretty sure he can get what he wants if there's a cheap real estate deal to be made on the side.
Like I said, by the time you read this, We, the People might know what Feckless gave Dear in exchange for the entire Korean peninsula because, folks, that's what Dear wants: he wants to be dictator for the whole thing. And he's looking to Feckless for validation. Whether or not Feckless gives it to him...along with the keys to a penthouse in Seoul remains to be seen.
The short version is that Feckless, instead of aligning the U.S. with democratic allies, has cozied up to a long line of dictators waiting to shake his puny little hand: Putin, Kim, Duterte...I'm sure the list is longer than what's been made public. What does it say about the United States, our position in the world, and our elected officials in Washington that we have permitted a fascist to be POTUS?
What is says is that we got the government we deserve because we allowed this guy to be elected...honestly or dishonestly. There's an old saying: Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me. This stage was set with the election of George W. Bush. And We, the People let it happen a second time. Who do you really think owns this debacle?
Well, at least Fox got something right: two dictators are meeting in Singapore. Of course, then they apologized...which was unfair.
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