The story of the week was Chinese Vice President Xi’s visit to the United States. As this next round of the Asian Game of Thrones got seriously underway, Via Meadia had ringside seats in Washington and sketched out some important takeaways from what we observed. We also noted signs of concerted push-back from China against what many there perceive as a hostile and aggressive U.S. policy. Russia, a country that is not very good at foreign policy, nevertheless also waded into Asia’s new Great Game.
Another nail went in the coffin of the jihadist dream: Osama bin Laden reportedly told his family not to follow his path, but instead to look to the West for education and a happier life.
Things took a violent turn in Greece this week. Anger followed the announcement of austerity measures, soon followed by riots. There were indications that Brussels had priced in a Greek default and was fine with it. This doesn’t mean that Europe’s leaders will stay in power for a long time. In France, Sarkozy is being bashed by the left, right, and center.
In Egypt, the Twitterati, lauded by many as the champions of revolution and advocates of reform, failed to draw much of a crowd to their proposed day of strikes and protest. And pro- and anti-Assad forces fought a street battle… in Lebanon.
On the healthcare front, Obamacare’s fate seems to hinge on the administration’s ability to inspire the hiring of almost 30,000 primary care physicians—a tall order. And Obama’s attempt at a contraception compromise seemed to alienate both its liberal supporters and its religious critics. Meanwhile, states were teaching Washington a lesson in fiscal stability, and Blue vs. Blue duked it out in Rhode Island.
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