subduction megathrusts @ June 19, 2018 3:09 AM
Originally posted by: subduction megathrustsOriginally posted by: DickscraperOriginally posted by: Mystical Fog of Gobulon.
And waiting... nothing of substance....the president of the usa just met with the leader of nk one on one....
Right, which can be argued is a bad thing, but sure let the symbolism sway you.
Trump meeting with him one on one only serves to legitimize the dude as someone deserving of diplomatic respect. We should not be catering to the whims of despotic dictators, whether they are Duterte, Erdogan, Kim, or Putin, because it's exactly what they want and exactly what serves to cast them in a positive viewpoint to their people, and make us look like shit to the rest of the world.
Him meeting with Kim face to face isn't some heroic feat. Kim would have gladly meet face to face with Obama had he proposed it. But he didn't, because it's a stupid diplomatic move that only weakens our image and strengthens theirs.
It was essentially a propaganda conference held by two pathological liars that wield, or aspire to wield autocratic power, hosted by the Southeast Asian model of capitalist exploitation that is Singapore, with the purpose of strategizing the fall rollout of bullshit they hope to manipulate their respective peoples with.
For all we know, North Korea could have manufactured twice as many warheads as it has publicly admitted to and squirreled them away all over the country, but it can now use the empty promises of the most vaguely worded agreement possible, with no substantive verification procedures or specified guidelines, to get sanctions lifted and to reinforce its police state control over its people with promises of progress and an elevated international stature. And the Trump administration was obviously looking for a way to distract from news at home regarding misconduct, abuse, and possible treason coming out of Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian involvement in the 2016 election, as well as creating a campaign talking point for 2018 and 2020. The biggest winners of all were China and Russia as puppetmasters behind their respective curtains.
But of course, as evidenced here and everywhere today, Trump's base will swallow it whole, hook, line, and sinker, because he has accustomed them to swallowing his fantastical ejaculate of pseudo-patriotic, nationalist word salad and conspiratorial bullshit on a regular basis.
As if any proof was needed that this was all smoke and mirrors, advertising, and an exercise in branding, they manufactured this little souvenir to haunt the archives of history:
It also shouldn't be forgotten that it was Trump who heightened this crisis with all his "fire and fury" bullshit over the past two years.
So defusing a crisis you helped create starts seeming a lot like the mechanics of 'protection' services provided by neighborhood-level mobsters. Or at the very least like a scam providing a manufactured solution to a manufactured problem, like vinyl siding.
That has kind of become the m.o. for these assholes, as amply shown by the events of the past week.
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