Andrew Higgins, Neil MacFarquhar: Just by Meeting With Trump, Putin Comes Out “Ahead”

The New York Times’ Andrew Higgins and Neil MacFarquhar recently wrote, “By attacking Europe and starting a trade war with America’s closest allies, President Trump has already advanced the agenda of President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia, analysts say. All he really needs to make his meeting on Monday with Mr. Trump a success is for it to take place without any major friction.”

This may be true (or maybe not), but the main issue I see is we risk rekindling the Cold War, which could lead to an accidental nuclear war.

And if nuclear war happened, it would be a medical and public health crisis of massive proportions. As Drs. Jim Muller, John Pastore, and recently I wrote in our Op-Ed in the Boston Globe:

The relation of massive nuclear destructive force to national security requires such a change in human thinking that our leaders will not be able to bring us to safety without broad public support. It is time, with the help of an informed citizenry, to address not just the symptom but also the underlying disease: the existence of thousands of legal nuclear weapons threatening billions of innocent civilians.

In other news, it’s a beautiful Sunday day here in Boston.  Here’s some music I’m listening too right now, Art Tatum and Ben Webster.

What do you think? Please leave comments below or share on social media. Thanks! Best regards, Phil

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