we have the manner in which the Americans have been preparing the G20
summit. As we all know, in diplomacy actions count as much, or
even more, than words. Here are just a few of the actions
recently taken by the Americans in preparation for the G20 summit and
Trump’s first meeting with Putin (in no particular order):
down this list, you got to admire the American sense of timing and
does not really matter of these actions are just the result from
imperial hubris and delusion, a complete lack of diplomatic
education, the consequences of simple and straightforward human
stupidity or all part of some diabolical plan to set the US on a
collision course with the entire planet. What matters is the
mind-blowing arrogance of it all, as if the USA was a white knight in
shining armor worthy only of praise and adulation and as if the rest
of the planet was composed or rowdy schoolchildren who needed to heed
the words of their principal and better start behaving or else get a
good spanking from Uncle Sam.
that is how Trump hopes to make “America Great Again” he might
want to consider other options as that kind of attitude makes
“America” (he means the USA, of course) look not “great” but
arrogant, out of touch and supremely irritating. Let’s talk
on the world, everybody at the same time seems to be the grand plan
of this administration.
result of all these “diplomatic” efforts were predicable:
almost nothing. Here is what “nothing” looks in diplomatic
“motivated by their national interests” (who would have
thought?!) and they agree on a number of concrete measures:
acceleration of the procedure to appoint new ambassadors – RU-US
discussed the Russian diplomatic facilities seized by Obama
create a work group to discuss a number of issues including
terrorism, organized crime, hacking and cybersecurity.
discussed Syria and the Ukraine and talked for 2 hours and 15
Russia and the US agreed on a ceasefire in the Daraa, Quneitra and
As-Suwayda provinces of Syria. That is very good, of course,
but this is in the one corner of Syria (southwest) were very little
action is taking place (right now all the important stuff is taking
place between Raqqa and Deir-Az-Sor). Oh, and there are
de-escalation zones already in place in the southwest:
unless Trump and Putin are keeping something really important secret,
it seems that this summit has yielded exactly
what I feared it would:
nothing, or something very very close to nothing. If we find
out later that in spite of everything, the two sides did discuss
something of importance and agreed on something important, I will
post and update here. And, believe me, nobody will be happier
than me if that happens.
alas, it appears that many months of a sustained Neocon campaign to
make darn sure that Russia and the US could never seriously
collaborate have been very successful.
where does this all leave us, the million of people who had at least
*some* hopes about Trump being an outsider who could try to make some
real changes happen and maybe liberate the United States from the
Neocon regime in power here since at least Bill Clinton (if not
February 14th of this year, following the anti-Flynn coup and Trump’s
betrayal of his friend, I wrote that “it’s over folks” and
“Trump betrayed us all”. I took a lot of flak for writing
this, especially since I had come strongly on Trump’s side against
Hillary during the campaign. Sadly, I believe that my
conclusions in February are now proven correct.
understand while some will want to present this meeting as, if not a
success, then at least “good start” or a “semi-success”.
For one thing, being the bearer of bad news never made anybody
popular. Second, those who support Trump or Putin (or both)
will want to show that the leader they support achieved something.
Finally, if both sides report that the meeting has been a success,
who are we to say otherwise?
don’t know about anybody else, but I always have and always will
call it as I see it. And what I see is simply nothing or
something very close to nothing. Sorry folks, I wish I could
say something else.
for apportioning blame for this non-event, I place 100% of the guilt
on the US side which did everything wrong with an almost manic
determination and which will now find itself in the rather unenviable
position of fighting pretty much the entire planet all on its own.
Oh, sorry, I forgot. Poland unconditionally supports the USA
good for them. They richly deserve each other.