“The commonest error in politics is sticking to the carcass of dead policies.” ~ Lord Salisbury
U.S. President Donald J. Trump’s trip to the G20 Summit was wildly successful as Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin forged an alliance to lead the world out of the age of ignorance ushered in by the George W. Bush Administration in 2000 and escalated under the Obama Administration. Gone were the rehashes of age old disagreements, baseless allegations and history rewrites and in was a new relationship based on future common goals for an age of enlightenment, cooperation and peace. From LaRouche Pub:
Trump and Putin Agree They Have Same Goals, Different Approaches
July 7, 2017 (EIRNS)—The separate press briefings on the Putin/Trump summit presented by Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson were in total agreement on this: The two presidents disagreed on many things, but agreed that it was more important to move forward on solutions for the future than to settle the disagreements of the past.
Tillerson said, "The two leaders, I would say, connected very quickly. There was a very clear positive chemistry between the two. The positive thing I observed, and I’ve had many, many meetings with President Putin before, is that there was not a lot of relitigating of the past. I think both of the leaders feel like there’s a lot in the past that both of us are unhappy about. The perspective of both of them is that this is a very important relationship, the two largest nuclear powers in this world.... We simply have to find a way to move forward."
Tillerson illustrated the strength of their commitment to a productive relationship by saying that as the meeting went beyond the 35 minutes scheduled for it, he began coaxing the President, other people came in to see what was going on, and at one point, "They sent the First Lady in ... That didn’t work. We went another hour after she came in to see us, so she failed."
On Syria, Tillerson said that the military advances against ISIS had reached a point where they can make concrete arrangements for "de-escalation. Both parties agreed on a ceasefire involving a zone in Southwest Syria near the Jordanian border. The United States, Russia, and Jordan agreed to maintain that ceasefire…. Putin retains his view that Assad is the legitimate President of Syria, and that transparent elections by the Syrian people should continue to decide on their leadership.
On Ukraine, Russia requested that a special channel be opened to resolve differences on this issue. In response, Trump has appointed Ambassador Kurt Volker to serve as the United States Special Representative for Ukraine Negotiations. His appointment was announced by the State Department this morning. On July 9, he and Tillerson will travel to Kyiv, and he will collaborate with Russia, Germany, and France, the other members of the Normandy Four, who have taken responsibility for resolving that situation.
On cyber-security, both sides agreed to establish a working group to collaborate on this issue… When asked about Russian hacking of the election, Tillerson said that there was a lengthy discussion of this and that Trump pressed very hard on the issue, but Putin firmly denied Russia’s involvement. When asked if Putin asked for evidence, he said that he did… Trump said that, in the absence of evidence, he would accept Putin’s word…
On North Korea, Putin supports the double freeze approach advanced by Xi Jingping, but Trump believes continuing sanctions are necessary. Neither Tillerson nor Lavrov mentioned the possibility of military counter-measures nor their promotion by U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley.
Both foreign ministers stressed that although many issues were discussed, few were resolved, but that both presidents were firmly and enthusiastically committed to their resolution. Tillerson said, "By and large, our objectives are both the same. Now, how we get there, that’s another issue."
The strides accomplished by the Putin-Trump one-on-one meeting was reinforced by France’s new President, Emmanuel Macron who also desires a new age of enlightenment and cooperation between Russia and France. From Russia Today:
Macron to Putin: ‘We can move to new phase in Russia-France relations’
Russia and France can now move to a new phase in bilateral relations, French President Emmanuel Macron told his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin, on the sidelines of the G20 summit in Hamburg, Germany.
“On the subject of bilateral and regional issues, I welcome the quality and the intensity of the work that has been established since [meeting in Versailles in May],” Macron told Putin. “So I think now we can move on to a new phase because we both saw that we were doing what we were saying,” Macron concluded.
Putin said that Russia continues to implement all the Versailles agreements concerning bilateral relations between Moscow and Paris. “We are moving towards all directions which we discussed in Versailles,” he said. Putin and Macron vowed to improve relations and jointly address international problems during their first official meeting in Versailles in May.
The French president admitted at the time, however, that he had “some disagreements” with his Russian counterpart, but said that the two leaders discussed them openly in a “frank exchange of views.” According to Macron, serious international problems cannot be resolved without Moscow. France is interested in intensifying cooperation with Russia, particularly in resolving the Syrian crisis, he said, adding that this issue demands “an inclusive political solution.”
President Putin welcomed Macron’s statement, saying that Moscow and Paris are determined to cooperate in resolving the crises in Syria, Ukraine and the Korean Peninsula, as well as to fight terrorism together.
What a difference a new administration in America can make. The belligerent, self-serving age of ignorance of the past sixteen years appears to be dissolving before our eyes. Remember the G8 summits of 2014-15 that was turned into G7 summits when Russian President Putin was snubbed by the smarmy, self-aggrandizing leaders met without Putin? From Russia Today:
‘G7 countries completely destabilized Middle East region’
There is huge irony at the G7 summit: those picnicking on sausages, pretzels and beer today, earlier created a military, political and social vacuum and destabilized the whole Middle East region, says political and social commentator Mo Ansar.
Today the G7 leaders are discussing the main security challenges their countries face. Some of the countries have been victims to terrorist attacks over the last 6 months. US, UK and Japanese have become victims of Islamic State beheadings. The inflow of illegal migrants from North Africa and Syria to the EU is rising. However these are the problems created in some way by the G7 countries that at least approved the bombing campaigns in Iraq, Libya, Afghanistan, Syria and Yemen…
At the end of the day, these are the countries that have completely destabilized the region. They decided a bombing campaign in battle-torn Iraq would be the best solution of course… What we’ve seen them do is create a military, a political and a social - and more importantly - an ideological vacuum in Iraq and Syria which everybody with a sensible head said would be taken up by the extremists. And that’s exactly what we’ve seen. I’m not sure these nations are looking to do anything other than continue the conflicts…
We’ve seen world leaders, like Blair, Obama, the former head of NATO, Rasmussen, continuing to extol the virtues of NATO and Western European alliances and the Anglo-American alliance. And meanwhile, we’ve seen them continue to ratchet up tension against Russia over Ukraine while arguably and demonstrably it’s been the West, the US, the NATO who is looking to destabilize the region and provoke Russia into a conflict.
Yes, what a difference the G20 summit of 2017 has made. Presidents Trump and Putin are truly moving away from the Age of Ignorance and guiding the world on a new path, an Age of Enlightenment. Sixteen years of wasted American lives and treasure to feed a caveman mentality ushered in by the knuckle dragging neocon/neoliberal war mongers.
There were some very unhappy campers in the media that despise Presidents Trump and Putin that are putting their negative spin on the summit and lament the loss of the Age of Ignorance when fake media lies were celebrated sacrosanct fact. Here are some of the headlines circulating the globe:
The Independent UK:
The G20 proves it. Because of Donald Trump, the world no longer looks to America for leadership
The US President was out of step with almost everyone and didn't seem to care
Until recently, the world looked to the US for leadership at such international forums. But in the six months since Trump entered the White House that has all changed.
ABC News US:
G20: Does Donald Trump's awkward performance indicate America's decline as world power?
The G20 became the G19 as it ended. On the Paris climate accords the United States was left isolated and friendless. It is, apparently, where this US President wants to be as he seeks to turn his nation inward.
Donald Trump has a particular, and limited, skill-set. He has correctly identified an illness at the heart of the Western democracy. But he has no cure for it and seems to just want to exploit it. He is a character drawn from America's wild west, a travelling medicine showman selling moonshine remedies that will kill the patient.
No Trump press conference at G20
The president of Russia did it. So did the leaders of Britain, France, Germany, Canada, Turkey and Spain. Not President Trump.
The heads of state of at least a half dozen nations took reporters' questions at the conclusion of the G20 meeting in Hamburg, Germany on Saturday. Trump, however, did not hold a press conference.
It marked a major break with precedent. Former President Obama had a press conferences at each of the eight G20 summits he attended. So did former President George W. Bush in November 2008, as he did the four prior years after G8 meetings.
What an embarrassment the American and British media have become. Look at this display of the American media’s disdain for Trump and you can understand why Trump passed on a Q&A session with the American media.
The media fell all over George W. Bush and Barack Obama like they were some fearsome mythical leaders instead of the cowed servants of the neocon military industrial complex’s New World Order. Remember Bush’s embarrassing pawing of Angela Merkel at the G8?
The American media has become an international joke. This article from Russia Insider really lays bare the international reputation the American media has today:
Suicide by Stupidity - US Media Coverage of the G20 Summit
But if Mr. Trump agrees to work with Mr. Putin despite a list of Russian transgressions beginning with the annexation of Crimea and ending with its interference in the 2016 presidential election, he will also look weak while Mr. Putin can claim that he reconstructed the relationship. —The New York Times
America wakes up to astonishing bull tickey from its so-called Newspaper of Record in this lead front-page propaganda dump du jour. Granted, American education has succeeded in destroying the critical faculties of at least three generations so that the public drowns in a soup of unreality every day. In the news business now, as in the national life generally, anything goes and nothing matters.
One has to wonder, though, about the editors who serve up this baloney. Are they mere servlings of the Rand Corporation, Raytheon, and other parties with an interest in the war business, or can they possibly believe their own extrusions of fabricated agit-prop?
For instance, the imputed Russian “annexation of Crimea,” as if the place was some kind of nostalgic, sore-beset Ruritania of independent princes, colorful peasants, and earnest postal clerks cruelly enslaved by bloodthirsty Cossacks. No, Crimea had been officially a province of Russia since exactly 1783 — which was, by the way, the same year that the American Revolution officially ended via the Treaty of Paris…
When the elected president of Ukraine, Victor Yanukovych, was overthrown in 2014, with the help of the US State Department and CIA, Russia was obliged to secure its naval bases in Crimea — where the overwhelming majority of citizens were culturally and linguistically Russian anyway. A referendum ratified the transfer of Crimea back to Russia. Apart from these procedural details, it must be obvious that Russia would never have ceded its strategic naval bases on the Black Sea to Ukraine, especially when that beleaguered country was being manipulated by the USA and NATO into becoming an adversarial presence on Russia’s border…
That last question applies equally to the incessantly repeated trope that Russia interfered in the 2016 US election. What is supposedly at issue? The New York Times has been making this empty allegation for a year now, without every specifying exactly how Russia might have “interfered.”
In the process, the newspaper has squandered its credibility on what looks exactly like a witch hunt — a campaign against dark and mysterious supernatural forces. It is doing great harm to an already badly-educated, misinformed, economically distressed, drug-addled American public. It also looks like plain old war-mongering.
Coverage of the Trump-Putin meeting during the G-20 conference this week is being played like a WWF championship bout. Which president is weak or strong? Which one will be a loser or a winner? This is no way to cover geopolitical relations. The United States and its news media look like they want this country to commit suicide by stupidity.
Ha ha. “Badly-educated, misinformed, economically distressed, drug-addled American public” they’ve got that right. Between Bush’s “No Child Left Behind” and Obama’s “Race to the trough” hedge-fund profit driven charter schools that is what America’s education system has become. Americans don’t even know American history, let alone Russian history. No wonder media is never held accountable for their lies.
So there you have it, the summary of the G20 summit. The summit was highly successful with U.S. President Donald J. Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin forging an alliance to lead the world out of the age of ignorance and ushering in a new age of enlightenment. Donald Trump has returned home to America and now the American media can fire up the fake news Wurlitzer and spin their damage control. They will do their best or worst to breathe life into the fake Russian election interference lies but as far as Trump is concerned the matter is closed. It’s a new day and here come the sun.
By Patricia Baeten