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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.

ORDER IT NOW

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?

Patrick J. Buchanan is the author of “Nixon’s White House Wars: The Battles That Made and Broke a President and Divided America Forever.”

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

    The truth.

  2. mijj says:

    Poor ol’ Pat – living in the Empire of Illusion and fully enchanted by the China/Russia Bad Guy theatre.

  3. The Hollywood history

    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.

    and war drumming propaganda

    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.

    are nauseous. This is how the young are sunk with the nobly named boats.

    Mr. Buchanan, of course, lacks the temerity to write anything comparable about his Uncle Sam’s (and little Jackie Bull’s) imprisoning Julian Assange, picking governments for the Middle East, and maintaining hundreds of military installations surrounding the Pentagon’s primary “threat assessments.” He knows that could threaten his Beltway gigs as GOP cheerleader and faux dissident on the Old Right.

    • Agree: Realist
  4. “Onward, Christian Soldiers!

    Marching as to War,

    With the 6, 6, 6 pointed star of David,

    Going on Before.”

    Fixed it for you Pat.
    no need to thank me!

    • Agree: Jim Christian
    • Thanks: Trinity
  5. History does repeat itself. All wars – including the two world wars we have already fought – have been caused by the clash of core interests, perceived or real. A third world war is in no one’s interests: yet that is the direction history is moving.
    https://www.ghostsofhistory.wordpress.com/

  6. The danger then was that the Nazis might win the war.

    What a close call that was! Can you imagine living today without open borders and funding foreign invaders, restricted speech, (((fake news))), mandatory worship of Negroes and homosexuals, phony pandemics, usurious credit card debt, spending trillions to stay afloat, history being (((rewritten))) to demonize Whites and elections rife with fraud?

    As long as Mother Israel is okay…


    I tvied to varn you.
    –Funny Mustache Man

  7. SteveK9 says:

    ‘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.”’

    This is what passes for a ‘Conservative’ in the UK today??

  8. “Onward, Christian Soldiers!

    Marching as to War,

    With the Cross of Jesus,

    Going on Before.”

    Translation:

    Forward, pagan wokesters!

    Killing we adore,

    With the horns of Satan,

    Knocking on hell’s door.

    • Thanks: Sick of Orcs
    • LOL: mark green
  9. ”What are the Americans afraid of?’ Pat asks rhetorically; quite likely Biden’s handlers are afraid Biden will make a fool of himself he if publicly debates Putin; the US is like a hasbeen championship fighter clinging to old glory; the Europeans humored their American overseers by claiming China and Russia are ”threats” to NATO and Europe when clearly Europe doesnt view either as threats to European security; the Germans told us to shove it when we demanded they stop construction of the Nord Stream 2 pipeline and we backed down as Pat predicted; the Europeans are surely glad to have a President who doesnt insult them, demand they pay more for their defense and threatens to withdraw US forces but astute European leaders like France’s Marcon know a declining US wont defend Europe forever; and now the Ukrainians are threatening to get the Bomb if we dont let them join NATO; someone should tell the Ukrainians that NATO is an outdated strategic fraud designed to poke the Russian bear in the eye and not a serious defense alliance and even in the extremely remote chance they are ever admitted to NATO will make no difference; Ukraine simply isnt important enough for the US to risk a war with Russia; the Europeans like everyone can see China is the future and the USA is the past; they are signing on the the Belt and Silk Road initiative while the US has nothing to offer but militarism and outdated Cold War memes.

  10. Franz says:

    THEN:

    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.

    NOW:

    “The days when global decisions were dictated by a small group of countries are long gone.” — China

    Pat both reminds us who made a hash of the Postwar world then shows us the contempt that true Patriots have always had for twits making imperial proclamations. Good show, though unintentional.

  11. @Spender_CGB

    Onward Christian Soldier is the jewish battle hymn.

  12. @SeekerofthePresence

    A public drool session, next to a Putin still in fine fettle.

    • Replies: @SeekerofthePresence
  13. @Mulga Mumblebrain

    A public drool session….

    Agree. In a saner world Russia and America could have friendly cooperation that would benefit everyone. But when one country loses its sanity and founding principles and values, there isn’t much to talk about. A foreign policy based on hate can lead only to war.

    • Replies: @USA1943
  14. Anonymous[269] • Disclaimer says:

    Everywhere that white people are in this world “needs diversity”. Everywhere that nonwhite people are is “diverse enough” already.

    Whites are an aging 10% of the global population, and shrinking fast. Perhaps when we’re 0% of the population, “diversity” will finally be achieved.

    When the Empire says “racist” “white supremacist” etc., they just mean you opposing quasi-genocidal anti-whiteism

  15. JimDandy says:

    Anything the MSM tells them to be afraid of.

  16. @Spender_CGB

    “Onward Christian Soldiers” was the theme-music for the Allies’ Why We Fight series of propaganda films, drafted in an (attempted) response to Leni Riefenstahl’s Triumph of the Will.

    “Why we fight”, including the theme music, was directed by Frank Capra (& Anatole Litvak*). But at least the first of the series was written by Jewish Communists Julius and Philip Epstein

    Directed by
    Frank Capra
    Anatole Litvak
    Produced by Frank Capra
    Screenplay by
    Julius J. Epstein
    Philip G. Epstein

    Anthony Veiller https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Why_We_Fight

    ___
    * Litvak signifies Lithuanian Jew. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Russian_Partition

    • Replies: @Spender_CGB
  17. @SolontoCroesus

    Thanks for the information. I had not heard of this.

  18. USA1943 says:
    @SeekerofthePresence

    Russia has Good Values under Putin, He is strongly Anti-Communism, Family (Fertility is up in Russia, though still below replacement Levels,) Love of Country/Patriotism is growing in Russia, Example When asked what they would like to be when they grow up, Boys often have SPETSNAZ (Russia’s Special Forces) is the top Answer, and the SPETSNZ is entirely a Meritocracy, They don’t have Diversity and Inclusion Officers as we do , Combat Sports like boxing and Wrestling is very Popular in Russia, There is no same sex marriage in Russia, Teachers don’t push the LGBT nonsense in Russia and they can’t adopt if they are Homosexual or Trans, They are doing lots of things right, Honestly I would Prefer Putin over Biden or K. Harris as a Leader.

    • Replies: @SeekerofthePresence
  19. @USA1943

    Thanks. Your comment is music to my ears.

  20. Why not do away with the farce? It’s Putin vs Goy Puppet of Jews.

    How about doing away with the fake democracy and just declare some powerful Jewish guy as the ruler of America? Let it be George Soros, Mark Zuckerberg, Michael Bloomberg, the Google Boys, someone at Goldman Sachs, or someone like Sheldon Adelson(RIP). That’s be more honest. A US ruled by a Jewish emperor.

    That way, if Putin were to meet the globo-emperor, it’d be more like leader vs leader.

    Instead, we have Putin meets puppet. It must be awful frustrating to talk to a puppet.

    US presidents were never all-powerful, a good thing, which is why it’s called a democracy. But over the years, the president has become totally powerless while Jewish oligarchy has become totally powerful. US is an ethnocracy of Jewish supremacists.
    Clinton was the last one with some degree of real power. Bush II and Obama were total puppets. Trump promised to be different but had a kosher dong up his bung all the time. Maybe he tried, but what was done to him and the election of 2020 are proof that Jews totally run America. In a way, Biden is the perfect ‘president’ of America. Senile, clueless, lost, befuddled. He reminds me of one of the old folks in EXORCIST III. Devil uses senile folks cuz their minds are weak and can easily be manipulated. Pelosi is another senile coot used by Jews. White House is now a nursing home.

    Jews totally rule America. Even as Jews kicked Trump in the ass, what did he do? He pardoned lots of Jewish crooks. He let Pollard travel to Israel. Pollard was, of course, released by Obama. In Israel, Pollard stood with Netanyahu and gave US a middle finger and told Jews to betray the US for Jewish interests. That guy is a hero in Israel, but all whore US puppet politicians praise Israel.

    And forget about free speech. US is now a globo-corporate state, and Jews outsourced censchwarzship to the corporations with monopoly over communication. If Twitter can ban the president, whom it can not ban? And while no bank would even think of banning anyone for supporting genocidal Zionism, plenty of people have been denied banking services over ideology. Jews, who made such a big fuss about McCarthy, are 1000x worse.

    So, let’s have a honest system. Stop with the bogus elections and just install a super-rich Jew as the emperor of America. At least Americans and all the world would finally see who the real boss is.

    I mean, is anyone really fooled that senile moron Biden is any kind of leader?

  21. SafeNow says:

    I can’t prove it, but I am confident Chinese Intel and Russian Intel are reading Mr. Buchanan, and other foreign-policy Unz essayists, and the comments. After all, there aren’t that many places they can go to read what truthful, rational, engaged people in the U.S. are thinking. Intel guys and gals, you are very proficient, but let me help. Here are your key G7 take-aways for your report:

    1. Mr. Biden is prone to episodes of short temper, and confusion, not just when, for example, addressing the Coast Guard Academy graduating class and calling them “dull.” Rather, such erratic behavior can emerge even at times of high-level international situations.

    2. Mr. Biden’s international-situation strings are being pulled by others. This magnifies the chance of systems-error.

  22. Such a joke.

    All such a joke.

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