“For the 39-year-old Macron, France’s youngest leader since Napoleon two centuries ago, the visit is a chance to use soft diplomacy to win Trump’s confidence and set about influencing U.S. foreign policy, which European leaders say lacks direction.
Macron views it as counter-productive to isolate the United States on the world stage, and progress may be made on joint approaches to counter-terrorism and security.
But any breakthrough on trickier issues such as Trump’s rejection of the Paris climate change deal and his “America First” trade policy are unlikely.
“What Emmanuel Macron wants to do is bring Trump back into the circle so that the United States, which remains the world’s number one power, is not excluded,” French government spokesman Christophe Castaner told BFM TV.”
The above quote from an Internet article ignores the very important fact of the friendship and cooperation between France and the USA. It started during the settlement of the New “America” when French settlers, fur traders and business people helped settle large areas of the future USA. It continued with French help to us during the revolution against England when the French navy prevented the English navy from resupply to Yorktown. Of course, we have the first and second world wars. This history of Franco/American friendship has not significantly changed.
However, this writer finds it amazing to have the reporter make the above quote that the G-20 is sidelining and ostracizing the USA because “they” think our President’s policies lack direction. My objection is the reporter’s uncritical and wholehearted acceptance of this propaganda. Who among the G20 leaders said that they wanted to keep the USA isolated? I feel this opinion is grossly exaggerated as indicted by the reporter’s acknowledgement that the USA is the “world’s number one power.” How does one make the slip from excluding the USA from the “circle” and saying the USA is the world’s number one power. I do not mean this is a prideful way, such as to say “we are the biggest so you other boys better play it my way.” Do not mean that at all. However, the obsequious nature of the reporter’s inference that USA needs France to coach us back into the “inner circle of Europe” is absurd. It is even patronizing to the “worlds number one power” to state that we need to be treated like little children because “they” think our President’s policy lacks “direction.” It is more likely that our President is a new leader with a new non globalist policy- a policy that the patronizing Europeans do not like. And of course, if Europeans don’t like something American, there will always be reporters who spin the USA position as “upstart” “petulant” “lacking in direction.”
Actually, when I think of these European elitist’s criticism of the USA, I find that it has always been that way as European politicians observe “brash and crude” American policies. Maybe, we should regard it as a compliment to our independence. A compliment that we return to our friends, the French, who are themselves often criticized for their “distinctly French ways.” I don’t pretend to speak French but in English I think the phrase is “Life to the difference”
This ceasefire in Syria is a result of the meeting of President Putin and President Trump. It is only the beginning. Both of these leaders are serious about bringing peace to Syria and to the Mid East. It is in their best interest and the best interest of the suffering people of the area. These innocent people have been the proxies for ISIS, the Free Syria mercenary forces of the CIA, and for Russia and Obama during the eight years of the “Arab Spring” President. President Assad was legally elected and the UN observers certified the election. However, in our day, Syria like the USA, has die hard activiists who will not accept the will of the voters but will fight to undo Assad and seize power for themselves. (Remember that Syria and the government of Assad were for many years used by CIA for rendition)!! before we turned on Assad and tried to kill him. The ceasefire is, hopefully, the start of USA and Russian agreement to back the legal government of Assad and focus efforts to defeat ISIS. This will, of course, mean abandoning the CIA created mercenary forces of the Free Syrian Army. Hopefully, they will be warned by us of this intention and removed from Syria before they are defeated. The long term effort will see that all of Syria will experience a focused effort to defeat ISIS and return civilian government control over all Syria. The resulting peace will bring massive international investment into Syria as the nation rebuilds cities now in ruble into modern cities of elegance and international importance. If handled properly, this investment and rebuilding will be guided by President Trump with cooperation from President Putin to the exclusion of the French, German, and British companies who are ready to pounce on the rebuilding and steal the business from USA and Russia.
Frederick Schoenfeld · President at Christian Church Radio
New ideas and possibilities are always immediately rejected, mocked and ridiculed because the idea has never before been thought possible. Those who say “no way” are stuck in the old ways, like McCain is stuck in warmongering. President Trump is a new thinker, a possibility thinker who looks at old and decaying ideas and finds new answers and approaches. While the “NO” people are laughing at him and Putin, the Russian and American will end war in Syria and bring peace to the region with the help of the Saudi Arabians. If the Saudi Arabians are sincere ( and that is a question about them as the real enemy and not Russia.) By the way, did Merkel actually bow to the Saudi Prince. Shame if she did. Heads of State do not bow to representative of other States.
The Cold War is over and we do not want it back. The Russian people were our allies in WWII and played a big part in the defeat of Nazism. Millions of their people died in that war and millions more in the Communist time. Now, we are beyond that and President Putin and Russia are no longer our enemies. They are economic partners and can be political partners versus the insanity that is modern Germany, France and England, places burdened with Muslim hordes. President Trump went to Poland, which is a bridge between Europe and Russia, aka, the West and East of Europe. His inspiring speech called for affirmation of Western “Christian” heritage and spiritual values. But this does not and is not regarded by Russia as excluding them from Europe. Rather than continue the political myth of the Russian bogeyman, and rather than returning to the Cold War days of the Stalinist era, it is time to move forward. Russia and the USA can cooperate and collaborate on a number of key issues to include Syria. Peace in Syria under the UN supervised and legal election of Assad is very possible. We stop the bombs, and invest in rebuilding a modern Syria. Note that 22 thousand (yes thousand) bombs were dropped on Syria during the eight years of Obama. Russia has good relations with Assad government, which by the way, is the legal government of an independent and sovereign nation. Peace in Syria will allow Russia, USA, Iraq and others to focus on defeat of ISIS terrorism. Once ISIS is defeated the nations of the middle East, to include Morroco and Tunisia, Egypt and others can set a new course for themselves and with help for USA and Russia rebuild a stable and peaceful region where native people will prosper and even return from exile to live and contribute to a new North Africa. This ,combined with the new start in Saudi Arabia, and Secretary Tillerson’s efforts in the region, can eventually lead to realistic efforts in Palestine for a peace there. President Trump and President Putin have met. They have established trust and now we should build on that new relationship, forgetting any past propaganda about the Russians as bogeymen. That’s for silly children and the American citizen is not silly nor are they children. Rather, they are peace loving and peace promoting people who have elected President Trump to move forward exactly as he has already done.
In sworn testimony, it is not enough to “promise to do the right thing.” That is a subjective answer to a question of fact and truth. The answer must be that he will ” tell nothing but that which can be proven by factual evidence without conjection, appraisal, or interpretation.” There is already too much of people who carry out their personal political agenda against President Trump and the voters who elected him. These people foster the Russian bogeyman theory because they feel they are “doing the right thing” but are really trying to hinder, obstruct, prevent or undo whatever the President does. They carry out these subversive activities against the citizens and the President because they think of Trump voters as irredeemable deplorables and “rednecks” who, like foolish little children, had a destructive temper tantrum and now need to be sent to detention and their actions undone. The whole purpose of this phoney “Russia probe” is to defeat the President. It is helped by a obsequious main stream media who love to hate Trump because it gives them content for their enterprise when there is nothinjg else about which to report.
“It’s sad but unsurprising that a group of media outlets who have repeatedly lied to the American people would try and manipulate the legacy of a murder victim in order to forward their own political agenda,” a spokesman for the Rich family told Business Insider. “I think there is a special place in hell for people like that.”
The above statement was reported on the Internet today. This writer is amazed and shocked by the openly political intent of the statement. If I had lost a child to murder, I could not state something as cold-hearted and politically motivated as the above statement about my child’s death. Sadly, I read that a spokesperson for the family made the statement. Are the members of the Rich family millionaires? I have met a few people who suffered great accidental tragedy and none of them have “spokespeople” to make political comments for them. Wow, this is truly incredible!