We all know that experience is important. Experience is important in business, experience is important in farming and experience is important in our personal lives as well.

Consider this:

At the G20 Summit last week an American diplomatic “team” met with a Russian diplomatic “team” for a scheduled 30-minute meeting that lasted more than two hours.

The Russian “team” consisted of:

Vladimir Putin – 17 years president or prime minister, former chief officer of the KGB, the Russian spy agency, with 42 years’ experience in the agency.

Sergey Lavrov – 13 years foreign minister, 10 years Russian United Nations representative. Lavrov has more than 45 years’ experience in foreign policy.

The American “team” consisted of:

Donald Trump – president six months, no government or foreign policy experience. Extensive business dealings with Russian business entities.

Rex Tillerson – secretary of state six months, no government or foreign policy experience. Extensive business dealings with Russian business entities. Awarded the “Order of Friendship” commendation from Vladimir Putin.

After the meeting, Konstantin Kosachyov, chairman of the Russian Foreign Relations Committee, called the talks a "breakthrough" and political leaders in Russia were celebrating. That says it all. God help us.

Kevin Kelleher

Houston

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