For the last day or two...this nuclear summit of sorts has been underway here in DC. The media has chatted up a storm over the summit and its anticipated results. After a while...you start to stand back and visualize this "game" in the real world.
Imagine yourself in the rural sections of Bama...owning a house...and wanting to protect that house. So over the years...you acquired sixteen guns and placed them at strategic corners of the house. You put up a sign early on....along the highway...advising that you would have the right to shoot anyone who came on the property and threatened you. Generally, in the early years....other neighbors had the same situation...the same sign...and the same attitude.
Neighbors have come and gone....with some passing on. Some new neighbors have an enlightened morality, and a different prospective on life. Most of the "shoot on property" signs in the region have been removed.
Neighbors worry about even the mention of weapons. Some claim that it's anti-social, anti-human, and simply wrong.
So you come one day....to make the neighbors all happy. You remove the signs and claim a new status in life. The "shoot-on-sight" mentality is gone. You even agree to sell eight of your sixteen guns. The neighbors tell you that this is the greatest moment of the neighborhood....and that things are much safer now. They can feel good about you as a neighbor.
You smile. You grin. You shake their hand and tell them that things are really different now.
But Uncle Karl from down the road looks at the situation and you...and shakes his head. You have eight weapons remaining...of which five are semi-automatic with a thirty-round magazine. The eight weapons are still at strategic locations around the house. The signs removed? He knows that you will still shoot anyone that trespasses and threatens your home or safety.
In actuality, Uncle Karl knows that nothing much changed except a bunch of dimwits saw you take down your sign and sell half your guns.
Our naive nature, and incompetent news experts help to facilitate a charming situation. Whatever occurs with the Russians this week over Nukes...and the Nuke Summit....is mostly a feel-good situation that helps us sleep better tonight.