A people is not a transitory sum of individuals. It is not a chance aggregate. It is a reunion of inheritors of a specific fraction of human history, who, on the basis of the sense of common adherence, develop the will to pursue their own history and give themselves a common destiny.
So, Biden, freshly back from his vacation in the Virgin Islands, gaffed it up again. Sadly, this time he did it in a way that could – presuming foreign peoples actually believe that Creepy Uncle Joe isn’t lost to senile dementia and to be ignored – seriously harm international relations.
I’ve long said — and I mean this — I have never, ever, ever been more optimistic about America’s prospects than I am today. Never. Never. I’ve traveled to over 140 countries around the world. As I was — I’ll paraphrase the phrase of my old neighborhood: The rest of the countries — the world is not a “patch on our jeans” if we do what we want to do and we need to do.
Some of America’s enemies are already jumping on Biden’s rather xenophobic, nationalist, and Amerocentric gaffe to bolster their domestic positions and their positions within the UN. Though personally, I’m somewhat more concerned about the response from neutral or titularly allied nations’ people. Biden did, after all, just say that they all were essentially worthless.
To the majority of sane minds in the West Biden’s trading Viktor Bout for Brittney Griner was the worst of bad deals. Releasing the world’s most infamous arms dealers – a man dubbed the Merchant of Death – for a minor athlete who was legitimately arrested in Russia for possessing cannabis oil, properly tried in their courts, and sentenced in the normal manner under their anti-drug laws was very bad and uneven exchange no matter how you look at it to most rational and aware people’s minds. Leaving former Marine and probable intelligence asset, Paul Whelan in Russian custody just made it worse – especially if they did actually try to trade for him too as part of the deal.
And then, the senile fool had to open his gaffe-spewer and make it worse:
“This was not a choice of which American to bring home,” said President Biden in a national address, later adding, “Sadly, for totally illegitimate reasons, Russia is treating Paul’s case differently than Brittney’s, and while we have not yet succeeded in securing Paul’s release, we are not giving up, we will never give up.”
Making a horrendously lopsided and unfavorable exchange with your purported enemy, President Vladimir Putin of Russia, is bad enough. Declaring afterward that the better – but still very bad – deal was never something that Putin was going to entertain just handed him a significant geopolitical victory on the world’s stage.
But frankly, in my opinion, no deal, not for Griner or Whelan, should have been seriously pursued at all at this time and most certainly not in exchange for Bout. Trading for either a criminal or a spent asset is rarely a good political idea unless it’s a small, unpublicized part of larger negotiations in which you’ll get something close to what you want in the deal.
So, discounting all the personal specifics, Bout for Griner was the worst of bad deals for Biden and Co. to make, especially at this point in history. Even Whelan or Griner and Whelan for Bout would have been a bad deal right now. All Biden did was show Putin and the world that he was weak and to invested in certain domestic, party-based priorities.
And Then There’s Griner
As if the larger issues weren’t enough, there’s Griner herself, though that’s a mixed bag. She a Black and a lesbian. She’s also no patriot or even someone who purports to hold any love for America. Hence, she’s a darling of the sorts that vote Democrat. But, she’s also either someone the rest of us loath or, in a great many of our cases, don’t care at all about except that we’re sickened by those Democrat voters holding her up as some paragon solely because she is a Black, a lesbian, and someone who has repeatedly publicly stated her disdain for America.
So, by bending over for Putin in order to get Griner released, Biden told everyone who he’s the President of and who he isn’t. He made his position quite clear. And that’s why domestically this is a mixed bag for Biden. Garnering some – probably short-term – support from Radfems, Queers, the “Black Community,” and their White Liberal enablers is a plus for him and the Democrats, but going that far might both alienate Independents and other Moderates – not too mention those sorts who are still fixated on “Russian Collusion” – and further motivate and incense those of us who are already in the opposing camp.
And, even a bunch of the Left aren’t exactly happy with this since Griner was arrested for drug possession just as she could have been by any US federal officer and many state and local ones here in the US. And, neither Biden nor the Democrats seem to want to actually move towards decriminalizing marijuana at the federal level, despite it having widespread bipartisan support.
Yeah, the worst of bad deals. It goes way, way, way beyond Biden’s normal incompetence and gaffes.
So, on June 12, 2018 President Trump once again made history. He became the first sitting American president to undertake to meet with any leader of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) aka North Korea. He also moved us closer to their denuclearization, normalization of relations between the US and the DPRK, and a formal peace upon the Korean Peninsula.
America’s deranged leftist domestic enemies, these so-called Liberals and Progressives, are … shall we just say less than pleased by these events.
Liberals Would Prefer North Korea To Nuke Us
And, as expected, the ever-insurgent purveyors of fake news, the Lamestream Enemedia – as exemplified by CNN – has been both quick and eager to both downplay the POTUS’ unique accomplishment and paint it in negative light. This despite the fact that President Trump by his own will ratcheted down the tensions between the US and North Korea by doing what no previous POTUS has done, taking a less hawkish stance again the DPRK and cancelling the regular military exercises the US conducts with South Korea – exercises that North Korean leaders have always rightly considered an existential threat to their regime.
But It’s Trump, So It’s Bad
But so far Democrat politicians have been largely silent upon the President’s diplomatic coup. I’m sure, however, that they’re more than ready to take action if it does come to pass that the US and the DPRK soon reach something akin to, or even more open than, detente. 😉
Democrat Politicians Are Ready For Peace With DPRK
Of course, if this had been Obama instead of President Trump, you can be sure that the Left, the Lamestream Enemedia, and the Democrat Politicians would be all up and lauding his “landmark diplomacy” and his ending of “America’s Hegemonic Control” Of Indochina.
Then, Obama was their President and they saw him as the man who would fundamentally transform America into the new “nation” they wanted to replace America with.
The dance of nations’ diplomacy is always underscored by the drums of war but rarely before has this dance been so evocative of Death.
The Dance with Iran Is A Danse Macabre
There is little doubt that dance we’re in with Iran over their nuclear weapons program is a Dance of Death. This is largely because Obama and the other players from the West don’t even seem to realize that Iran is dancing to completely different music, in instruments, meter, tempo, and even scale it is written and played in.
Dance when you’re broken open.
Dance when you’ve torn the bandage off.
Dance in the middle of fighting.
Dance in your blood.
Dance when you’re perfectly free.
Struck, the dancer hears a tambourine inside her,
like a wave that crests into foam at the very top,
Maybe you don’t hear that tambourine,
or the tree leaves clapping time.
Close the ears on your head,
that listen mostly to lies and cynical jokes.
There are other things to see, and hear.
A brilliant city inside your soul!
— JalÄl ad-DÄ«n Muhammad RÅ«mÄ«
And so we shall cavort and gyrate to our songs as the Iranians shall to their own strains. I think though that their music is stronger to them and stranger to us than ours can ever again be and that their dancers in their terrible beauty shall best amuse Death on Her thrown.
Much of life and almost all of geopolitics and diplomacy is based upon faith. The actors involved has to believe that others will hold at least somewhat true to their word. The question, sometimes an existential question, is how much can one rationally believe.
Which Is Easier To Believe In?
Well, which is easier to believe in, that the Ayatollahs ruling Iran will allow their semi-secular puppet government that we’re negotiating a nuclear deal with to abide by their word to “The Great Satan” or the Easter Bunny?
Of course, Obama says, “If Iran cheats, the world will know it.” In this, I think the boy is right though, himself, less than truthful through misdirection and omission.
If Iran Cheats, The World Will Know It
Yeah, If Iran cheats, the world will know it…when Hamas, Hezbollah, or some other Iranian proxy detonates a nuclear weapon in Tel Aviv. And that, Ladies, Gentleman, and any of you Libtards who might be reading this, is far, far easier to believe in than either the Ayatollahs’ honor or the Easter Bunny.