The Secret to Happy Russians

“Американские СМИ раздули скандал из-за фотографий встречи Лаврова и Трампа
Россия и США сделали шаг к снятию напряженности — так в Москве и в Вашингтоне оценивают итоги переговоров Сергея Лаврова с американским президентом и госсекретарем. Обсуждалось создание зон безопасности в Сирии и подготовка встречи Владимира Путина и Дональда Трампа в июле на саммите G20.”

They are having way too much fun with this. They keep putting “Yankees” higher and higher in the stories. [США]

Nice comparison of Merkel/Trump v. Lavrov/Trump:

in any language

You don’t need to know a syllable of Russian to get this “report.” I’ve never seen Russians this expressive.

 

Let’s Do the Rope-a-Dope Again

MHA day and I really needed me a little Rope-a-Dope illustration to get me in the right frame of mind.

It’s a beautiful thing.


I decided that I’d post a slightly fuller picture for the record; and for the many who have no idea what “rope-a-dope” is.


This is Ali “losing” all but the last 7 seconds of 8 rounds.

That’s the fucking rope-a-dope, folks.

“Well, you’re looking at the wrong guy” Bacevich on the Middle East

 

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Dr. Bacevich: “Well, you’re looking at the wrong guy.”

Col./Prof. Andrew Bacevich is never one to shove sunshine up anyone’s ass when it’s raining. He’s always been beautifully no-nonsense, and everyone who knows him and knows the price he and his family have paid for our ongoing Middle East debacles, understands that he grasps the true costs.
In this short clip where the questioner says: “I need cheering up,” Col. Bacevich answers, I think, for many of us who spend so much mental energy and time in the weeds of the Middle East.
One cannot be a Middle East scholar and cheery at the same time.