American Elephants


The Meeting in Helsinki, Finland, and the Consequences by The Elephant's Child

A day of confusion and consternation, centered around trying to find out just what has transpired. When I got up, admittedly late, the American media was in hysterics trying to find out exactly to what extent President Trump had sold his country down the proverbial river, to the Russians. Shameless, Traitorous, etc. etc. etc.

Apparently President Trump was supposed to have grasped President Putin by the lapels, and told him sternly never, never to interfere in an American election again, and having failed to do so—he was a traitor of such tremendous consequence that our country might never recover. That seemed somewhat unlikely, but trying to find out what actually happened and what all the fuss is about has not been easy.

Nobody knows what was said in the meeting between the two of them. The big deal is the press conference. Of course. For truth and insight one turns to the mainstream media. What got the media all excited was the Mueller team’s announcement that they were indicting a bunch of Russians for interfering, hacking, or perhaps something more nefarious. After a lot of useless reading, I turned to the Manhattan Contrarian  who explained the whole indicting Russians things clearly. There is very little of solid substance and a large amount of attack Trump just before he heads to Helsinki. It’s the same old “spear-phishing” of DNC servers and the Podesta computers. No American is included, no connection to Trump or his campaign. The hacked information is the documents showing the Hillary campaign manipulated to Democratic party nominating process to the disadvantage of Bernie Sanders.  We already knew that. The Contrarian adds:

Meanwhile, Trump is off trying to conduct the foreign policy of the United States, including with Putin and Russia, with this group of people who supposedly work for him actually trying to undermine him at every turn.

Clearly it was necessary to find the transcript of the press conference and read the whole thing. Better to read what was said than to watch the YouTube version, if you want to know what was actually said rather than try to figure out the body language. All sorts of accusations of treason, many Republicans disapproving. Trump was not strong enough for America. Trump was trying to improve relations with Russia, to see if we could get some things done. He wasn’t trying to attack Putin for misbehavior. We have interfered in elections in other countries, we spy and try to find out that which might be a problem for us, as do most other countries. Obama’s interference in the last Israeli election was widely reported.

Was anything accomplished between the two presidents? They got to size each other up in person, rather than just from news reports. Will anything positive result from their meeting? Dunno.

—Here’s Investor’s Business Daily: “Left’s Claims of ‘Treason’ On Trump-Putin Talks Smack of Dangerous Political Hysteria”

—John Hinderaker at Powerline:”For Trump, The Political Is Personal”

—Roger Kimball at American Greatness: “What Critics Missed About the Trump-Putin Summit”

—David P. Goldman (Spengler) at PJ Media: ” Once Again, President Trump Is Magnificently Right—This Time About Putin”

These are among the few comments I found particularly interesting. If you want the press in full bray, it’s easy to find.




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