As American Media Transfixed by Trivialities, Japan and US Get Cozy
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  • JS

    WRM —

    I’m a huge fan of you and this blog, and I read it religiously. But anyone who thinks the debt ceiling fight doesn’t represent “real news” is either willfully ignorant or — as I suspect in your case is more likely — blinded by solipsistic delusions of other-worldly clairvoyance.

    Some part of you must know that a potentially calamitous blow to the anchor of the world economy is greater than the “spectacle of feckless politicians squabbling away.” Or is your understanding of economics so rudimentary that you don’t get the effect of a default? Please clarify.

  • Jacksonian_Libertarian

    This is so much less than what is possible with Chinese belligerence driving all of its neighbors into America’s arms. A competent administration could easily organize an economic and military alliance with all of the targets of China’s belligerence. Instead all we get are the scraps the administration is forced to accept or look completely weak.

  • Corlyss

    While the media is focused on angry and abused government workers, and poor newlyweds who can’t spend their honeymoons in a national park, really important stories are going begging. The failure of Obamacare for instance, or the German election, or the Syrian/Iran debacles, or the resurgence of al Qaeda, etc. It’s just as if the media didn’t learn a darn thing from their excruciatingly bad performance in the 1995-6 shutdown.

    • Andrew Allison

      You forgot Benghazi , the IRS and the NSA! It’s truly pathetic.

      • Corlyss

        So I did. But they were sort of old news, and didn’t appear to be going anywhere. At least not while so many were having so much fun tearing Team O up one side and down the other for Syria/Iran and Obamacare.

  • Anthony

    “Japan and the US have signed a landmark agreement that included provisions for a new missile defense system in Japan….” Important policy decision WRM and in line with Asian pivot. Furthermore, NYT has covered agreement as well as the bane of budgetary brinkmanship – “America enjoys the exorbitant privilege of printing the world’s reserve currency”. The good news is Via Meadia provides perspective regarding both…

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