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Friday, June 24, 2016

The World: Eyes Wide Open

Below is an excerpt from a speech Vladimir Putin gave recently.  In it he proposes a new partnership between Russia, the European Union, and China.   How many Americans are aware of this proposal?  Moreover, what is Donald Trump's position on this proposal?  Is he even aware of it? For that matter, what is Hillary Clinton's position on this rather startling initiative of the Russian leader?
It is this kind of issue the new President of the U.S. will have to address.  One may fairly ask, how can Donald Trump deal effectively with this kind of a situation when he can't even deal with the Republican Party?  
With the British voting yesterday to leave the European Union it is clearer than ever the world is changing.  It was once asked whether a 70-year-old would be too old to be President.  This doesn't only have to do with physical health.  It has to do with agility of mind.  Numbers of years can be an advantage for a person.  In this case it is a deterrent.  
Will the U.S. let Russia and the European Union progress toward some sort of economic alliance without us?  Answering this question will take informed, experienced leadership.  It should be obvious that Trump is not the right person for the job, to put it mildly.  

As early as June we, along with our Chinese colleagues, are planning to start official talks on the formation of comprehensive trade and economic partnership in Eurasia with the participation of the European Union states and China. I expect that this will become one of the first steps toward the formation of a major Eurasian partnership. We will certainly resume the discussion of this major project at the Eastern Economic Forum in Vladivostok in early September....
Friends, the project I have just mentioned — the greater Eurasia project — is, of course, open for Europe, and I am convinced that such cooperation may be mutually beneficial. Despite all of the well-known problems in our relations, the European Union remains Russia's key trade and economic partner....
-- From Vladimir Putin speech at St. Petersburg International Economic Forum, 
June 17, 2016

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