All Is Hype for the Biden-Putin Summit


History repeats itself, first as tragedy, then as farce.

Karl Marx’s comment came to mind as President Joe Biden and Prime Minister Boris Johnson sought to equate their tete-a-tete at the G7 confab in Cornwall, England, to the Atlantic Charter conference of 80 years ago.

Those were historic days, to which these days cannot compare.

In August 1941, Prime Minister Winston Churchill and President Franklin D.

Roosevelt met secretly on warships off Newfoundland to confer and commit to a set of principles that were to govern the world after the defeat of a then-triumphant Nazism.

Aboard HMS Prince of Wales, the battleship that brought Churchill across the Atlantic, Americans and British sang together, defiantly and movingly, an old and venerable hymn.

“Onward, Christian Soldiers!

Marching as to War,

With the Cross of Jesus,

Going on Before.”

Four months later, hours after the attack on Pearl Harbor, Prince of Wales would be sunk by Japanese fighter-bombers along with its sister ship, the battlecruiser Repulse, in the South China Sea.

When Churchill arrived in Placentia Bay off the Canadian coast, the Battle of Britain had been won, Adolf Hitler had turned on his former ally Joseph Stalin, and German armies were advancing from victory to victory in the USSR.
The danger then was that the Nazis might win the war.

And what did Biden, landing at Royal Air Force Base Mildenhall, identify for the U.S. troops there as the “existential threat” facing today’s world?

Said Biden: “When I first was elected vice president with President Obama, the military sat us down to let us know what the greatest threats facing America were — the greatest physical threats. … You know what the Joint Chiefs told us the greatest threat facing America was? Global warming.”

“This is not a joke,” Biden assured the troops.

Chairman of the Joint Chiefs Army Gen. Mark Milley told Congress the following day that, over at the Pentagon, they had a somewhat different ranking of threat assessments.

Said Milley: “Climate change does impact, but the president is looking at a much broader angle than I am … from a strictly military standpoint, I’m putting China, Russia up there.”

Kicking off the first day's discussion of the seven leaders from the U.S., U.K., Canada, France, Germany, Italy and Japan, Johnson laid out his vision for the post-COVID-19 world.

Building on Biden's theme to "build back better," Johnson said that we should ensure that "we're building back better together. And building back greener. And building back fairer. And building back more equal ... perhaps in a more feminine way."

Johnson knows his media audience.

In the 12,400-word closing communique, the G7 accused Russia of threatening Ukraine while China was guilty of human rights abuses in Xinjiang and Hong Kong. The anti-China commentary was said to have been inserted at the request of President Biden.

But no concrete action was agreed upon in the communique that would unduly upset either Chinese President Xi Jinping or Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Indeed, the Chinese embassy in London dismissed the whole G7 exercise, with Reuters quoting a spokesman as saying, "The days when global decisions were dictated by a small group of countries are long gone."

That Chinese diplomat came as close to describing the reality at the Cornwall confab as anyone present.

For the G7 meeting -- of the heads of government of seven of the world's 10 largest economies -- and the gatherings this week of NATO and the European Union in Brussels appear designed more to send messages than to portend action.

What are those messages?

"America is back!" The prodigal son has come home. The bad old days of The Donald are over. We are united again and agreed we must stand together and raise our differences behind closed doors, not raucously in open forums.

And the struggle for the future lies in competition, not conflict, between autocrats and democrats, to determine which system works better for its people.

To show solidarity, the G7 agreed to contribute 1 billion COVID-19 vaccine shots to poor and needy nations by the end of 2022. Half will come from the USA.
And what are the geopolitical realities largely left unaddressed?

Russia continues to hold Alexei Navalny in prison, to stand behind the dictator Alexi Lukashenko in Belarus and to support the pro-Russian rebel resistance in the Donbas.

China is not surrendering any of the reefs it claims in the South China Sea.

Beijing continues to squeeze the political life out of Hong Kong, and its persecution persists in Xinjiang. And the Chinese military exercises in the Taiwanese waters and air space will continue and grow more aggressive.

Wednesday's meeting between Biden and Putin is the event toward which these preliminary meetings -- the G7, NATO and EU gatherings -- have been pointing.

And from the signals Putin has been sending, he intends to disagree firmly and frankly with Biden, who has called him a "killer."

Following the Putin summit, Biden will hold his own separate press conference, by himself. What, one wonders, are the Americans afraid of?

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7 thoughts on “All Is Hype for the Biden-Putin Summit”

  1. Unbelievable, our teleprompter President arrives in Brussels to attack Trump, the Republican party, after becoming the laughing joke of the G7 conference, what a crazy world we live in, wondering joe is clueless, has not solved one issue, since being in office, constantly trying to change his gaff image perception that he creates all on his own, mental state? condition?. Close door conference with Putin !, no joint questions or answers, avoid the press at all cost, all “three monkey’s rolled into on”. We already know who is kissing China ass, guess it’s time to start kissing Putin’s ass, Unfortunately Biden failed to create any united front against China or Russia with his entire trip. Great news for the American tax payor?

    1. Joe is clueless. He mental state is so bad that others will do the talking. He kissed China’s ass and will do the same when it comes to Russia. To attack other Americans in what they accomplished is like being a traitor to your own country. The world inside America and abroad will be laughing at us and think we are idiots. Issues that need to be addressed will never be brought up because good old joe is over seas to show Americans he can do the job. Just to smile at the cameras. He accomplished not one thing in thirty years in our government so why stop now.

  2. This guy and those like him, are a bad joke for America and the world! They, (climate change socialists) call CO2, a pollutant. I was told in a 7th-grade science class that CO2 is an essential gas for life. Life on planet earth would not, could not exist without it. CO2 is to plants, what O2 is to us, (they want to suffocate plants, our food source). Our CO2 levels at present are not high as indicated by ice cores showing much higher levels in the past. NASA has also seen a greening effect from higher CO2 levels via satellite reclaiming desert. Plants need less water with higher CO2 levels. Also, greenhouse growers burn propane and natural gas to raise CO2 levels in their greenhouses. If we have any environmental problems, it is solid waste. Crap floating in our oceans creating artificial floating garbage islands. And the cities where most of the greenies live, like New York, are the most responsible. Everything in the cosmos and on earth goes in cycles. Sunspots, warming periods, cooling periods, Sevier weather, and good weather. Don’t listen to the political hype. Look it up for yourself and you will see climate change, is bad science and a farce. climate change? The climate has been changing ever since the planet has been here! What a joke!

    1. CO2 is absorbed by plants like oxygen is for humans and plants produce the oxygen for human life ! The climate change stench created by dem leader wannabe dictators are stealing more U.S.Tax $$’s to line the dem’s & world dictators coffers to destroy all Freedom & Rights world wide using a liars guise of climate change that is normal !

  3. There is a disasterous threat to destroy U.S. Constitutional Freedom & Rights with biden as bo’s shadow crony that creates a marxist, islamic dictator regime with a NWO of other totalitarian tyranny dictators ! All dictators in the world must be totally destroyed to have Peace & Freedom for all humanity ! Cannot be any tyranny dictor regimes !

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