Getting What You Asked For

"I wanna talk!" said the President of the United States to the President of Iran. "Yeah, I'm just not that into you," replied that President of Iran.

And so our President looked weak, ineffectual and unimportant.

"I wanna talk!" said the President of the United States to the President of the Russian Federation. "Yeah, I'm just not that into you," replied the Russian President.

And so our President looked weak, ineffectual and unimportant.

This is what happens when you offer to talk to thugs without preconditions. You give them the right of first refusal, and there are few things a thug enjoys more than kicking sand in the face of a weakling.

Well, guess what? They don't like us any better, they don't respect us more, and our reputation is not improved. We have in fact lost respect and our reputation is diminished and who gives a load if they like us better or not? We're the weakling, and the bullies run the playground.

Happy?