Scott Adams goes beneath the surface appearance of things for an analysis of US-Russian relations. He may be wrong or he may be right, but it’s refreshing to read something besides the formulaic denunciations (see previous post) that have filled the blogosphere since Trump bombed Syria. From Adams on a guest post at theburningplatform.com:
Everyone is saying the relationship between the United States and Russia is really, really bad right now. President Trump says it is bad. Russia agrees. All the pundits agree too.
So it must be true, right?
In the 2nd dimension – where things are just the way they look – it does seem that the U.S. and Russia are in a bad place with each other. The United States attacked Russia’s little buddy, Assad, for allegedly using chemical weapons. But Russia says Assad didn’t use chemical weapons. Now Russia is mad at the United States.
Maybe the situation is exactly what I just described.
But just for fun, let’s hop up to the 3rd dimension (of persuasion) and see what the view looks like.
Hopping up now. Looking around…
Okay, it looks different from here. In the 3rd dimension, the smartest thing for both Trump and Putin to say right now is that relations between Russia and the U.S. are terrible… while not thinking it is true in any practical sense.
For Trump, pretending to have bad relations with Russia solves for his “Puppet of Putin” problem while giving him room to improve. He’s setting the bar as low as the bar will go. And he gets a free pass on Russian relations right now because public opinion in the United States is supportive of the Syrian strike. Later, when relations with Russia improve, it will look like progress. Trump wins now, and he wins later too.
To continue reading: U.S. and Russian Relationship at a Low?