The Anticipation Was Deafening

The world was on the edge of their seats waiting for the meeting between Putin and Trump… many shoes would drop in this head to head?

We have an agreement on SW Syria……(I did not know that this region was that important in the grand US plan…but as usual I do not know everything, huh?))…….

The extended meeting came as US officials announced the US and Russia reached an agreement for a ceasefire in southwest Syria set to take effect Sunday. The two leaders were expected to discuss Syria during the sit-down, and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson describes the deal as the first indication of the Trump administration and Russia being able to work together in Syria.

Details are still scant on this, and it’s not clear how far east the ceasefire is intended to extend. US officials say the entire goal is to stop attacks against the rebels, while Russia clearly wants the US to stop attacking pro-government forces in the region. There has also been mention of humanitarian aid being allowed in, but past ceasefires have almost uniformly failed at that goal.

The ceasefire is to begin at noon on Sunday, and is open-ended. Tillerson said it could be a first step which, if successful, would be spread to other parts of the country. He also, however, added that the US still insists upon Syrian President Assad.

We all have our opinion on this meeting…..but how did the US media see it?

How did President Trump do at his first meeting with Vladimir Putin at the G20 Summit, which the Wall Street Journal says was hyped by the media “into virtually the second coming of the Reykjavik Summit?” Though the Journal gives the prez a thumbs up, reaction in other quarters of editorial land was decidedly mixed.

  • Wall Street Journal: The editors said the sit-down had but one purpose from Putin’s end: “to discover if he will be able to press Russian interests forward without significant pushback” from Trump. How did Trump measure up in the Russian’s eyes? “We can’t guess, ” the paper says, but Trump’s pressing of Putin about hacking in the November election is a “new element in the Trump equation.” By raising the issue, the president “made clear to Vlad that he’ll be dealing with the President of all the American people. That sounds like a positive outcome.”
  • Politico: In a column, Molly K. McKew rapped Trump for signaling the US will “move on” from the hacking controversy “with no accountability or consequences for Russia” but with a pledge to work jointly on cybersecurity. She also takes issue with two points: an agreement to not meddle in the other’s doings on the homefront., and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson’s observation that the Russian strategy in Syria was maybe “more right” than the US approach. “Each of these points represents a significant victory for Putin,” she writes.
  • CNN: Commentator David Gergen praised Trump’s performance, saying he “seemed presidential” and calling it “big-league stuff.” He adds, “This seemed like we were back to normal life for the first time, one of the only times in the last few months. This is what we expect from our president.” He adds that “We may agree or disagree with the particulars, but we want our president to show leadership and be at a presidential level.

New York Times: In a column headlined, “Did Putin Have Trump for Lunch,” columnist Nicholas Kristof said he doesn’t “begrudge” Trump’s warm handshake with Putin but bristled at Trump “getting lovey-dovey” with a man involved in election hacking in two countries and the invasion of Ukraine, among other points. As for the deal with Syria, where Russia has “helped the slaughter civilians,” Kristof writes, “It’s great that Trump and Putin reached an agreement that may help Syria, but let’s see whether it translates to advances on the ground.” He says the “really important issue” is North Korea, and Trump “still doesn’t seem to have a strategy to deal with it.”

Slate says that Trump got through the meeting with no gaffes, but Putin was the winner: Even if Lavrov’s version of the election-meddling conversation is an exaggeration, both sides seem to agree that Trump and Putin agreed to “move forward” from the issue, which means “Putin did not, and apparently will not, pay any price for his information-warfare campaign against American democracy.”

After a glowing review from CNN maybe Trump should re-think his “fake news” thing about the network……

I would offer up my analysis but it would be disingenuous……mainly because I did not watch any of it….I had better things to do…..the dog needed a bath.


19 thoughts on “The Anticipation Was Deafening

  1. I get the feeling that your president is wandering around more or less agreeing with what anyone says. Even when it is very different to the speech he has just read out. I think the UK and the US are going to be the two countries ‘Not wanted on Voyage’ (apologies to Paddington Bear) very soon. We are going to have to invest in some warm coats, when we are both left out in the cold.
    Best wishes, Pete.

  2. You just made the great metaphor, chuq. There’s so much tail wagging the dog, dog wagging his tail, dog taking a dump, no one cleaning it up, no one acknowledging the dump even exists…… yes….. the dog does indeed need a bath.

  3. Thx for the information. Where do we start the next war? ,-(
    Our G20-leaders will help women in Africa becoming selfemployed, and in Lybia warlords are helping refugees. Should we cry? ;-(

  4. Doug got in first to point out the best part of this report, i.e., the last line, which says it all, with just the right touch of smarm & sarcasm…

    If you want to understand Trump’s personality, look up “cocktail personality disorder”, then add a heavy dose of narcissism… that’s him to a T.

    As for the meeting, and the political folderol generally on display in today’s world, I will refer back to my former statement, re: Homo Suicidus, to note none of it matters, at all, in the bigger picture that is our universe… It simply doesn’t care about us, and, essentially, has left us to our own devices… So. with typical human contrariness, we set about killing ourselves, even more efficiently than we kill every other form of life we encounter….

    gigoid, the dubious


      1. LOL…True enough, if it weren’t for the irony of having to assign such culturally compelling events to the entertainment category…. Kinda scary, in that sense… It’s as if the writers of that old horror soap opera, Dark Shadows, have been writing the scripts for world events… LOL! Now it all makes sense!….

        g, td

    1. More like Homo-Phuckhup. A more appropriate genus for this genius.

      1. Given the nastiness of certain parts of our nature, just about any derogatory pronoun would do, I think…. but, Phuckup does have the right flavor…

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