A Retreat into Bad Poetry

It\’s been over two weeks since Putin talked to Trump in Helsinki, and the hubbub around this meeting has died down somewhat, making it possible to put together some thoughts on what on Earth that all was. Obviously, there was a lot for these two heads of state to discuss, just to keep the international situation from spinning out of control, and perhaps they did. And, equally obviously, the one thing that these two couldn’t have possibly done is prevent the political situation within the US from spinning out of control.

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Y amErhkan mITia riVkzon MOS MXTlh ThskBst Hn rBzan mITia, + MOS kOmonlh refDT tU VS “RhstHrha.” PBt X yHNk YVt YHs kvrvkterhSCzon mHseS Y pOLnt. LEs, LU kQT metafOrhklh refD tU MOt RVS PHn RVpenhN LUShN tDmS POrgT frOm sxkOloJh Or sxkXatrh, PBt X TGnt yHNk YVt YHs rIalh VTS klVrhth. MOt LUs HS A TxaKnGshs Hf Ht kVnt PI fOlgT Bp MHY yEraph Or trItment? Hf YEd MOS Y poshPHlhth OF mEn Hn MXt sLUts rBnhN Ontu Y sEt Vt sI-En-En Or Em-Es-En-PI-sI, MIlThN shrHnJeS + strCtJvkets, YEn, zQd, kOl Ht “RhstHrha” Or “sxkGshs” Or MotEFd LU lXk. PBt Y proPaPHlhth OF YVt RVpenhN HS SIrg. mOr tU Y pOLnt, YIS nOt-kMXt-JDnalhsts RU lXk yrGhN kwntdfVkjualS arWnT vkLUST trBmp OF trISon MhYWt sG mBj VS POYdhN tU KUKl “trISon,” Hn MHj kCs YC MQT RVF ThskBFdT YVt Y tDm TBSnt vplX + trX tU LUS A THfdent MBn. YC mXt RVF trXT plBKhN Hn “ThslOLalth,” PBt YEn, bpOn rIThN Bp On Y jCn OF komVnT MhYHn Y eKSEkLuthF PrVnj, YC MQT RVF ThskBFdT YVt Y rekMXdment OF remCnhN lOLal flGS Bp frOm Y Ef-PI-X tU Y pbEShTent, nOt TWn. YC MQT RVF PHn fOrst tU MDk TWn Y lHst, Ol Y MC tU “skEpthshSm,” MHj HS MOt Ht Vkjualh MOS.

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MOt RVS prOmpteT YHs amErhkan retnIt Hntu PVT pGetrh? pdRVps Ht RVS sBmyhN tU TU MHY Y rialhSCzon YVt Y LU-Es HS nG lONKd TOmhnant Or priEmhnent Hn Y MDlT, Hn Enh sEns Vt Ol. YHs rialhSCzon mBst PI sbprEst PX Ol mInS pOshPl, fOr sBj yOts Ar sHmplh nOt vlWT MhYHn Y mCnstrim OF Y MDlT’s Gnlh eksEpzonalhst nCzon. pGemS Ar RElpfql RHd Hn YVt YC RVF nG trUy FVlLu. LU kVn nG mOr ThspLUt A pGem YVn LU kVn kMEsjn Y MDTS OF Y nVznal Vnyem. (“nG, Wd flVK MOSnt stHl YEd!”) pGemS sHmplh Ar, + Hf LU kMEsjn YEd FdVshth, YEn LU Ar vKEnst pGetrh htsElf. sCm MHY Y rBza mETlhN/kolUZon/RVkhN nVrvthF: Ht JBst HS. sChN YVt Ht HSnt HS JBst lXk sChN YVt mErh THTnt RVF A lHtl lVm.

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On YEd Gn PHlghN EntrclS.


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