Beijing’s Fragile Swagger
This piece originally ran in The Diplomat on 22 July, 2010. BEIJING’S FRAGILE SWAGGER Confucius said ‘The superior man is firm in the right way, and not merely firm.
In September 2007, before the release of the 2007 National Intelligence Estimate on Iran, I wrote an article for Salon titled “Why Bush Won’t Bomb Iran.” At the time, the belief that George Bush and Dick Cheney would take military action against Iran was palpable.
President Barack Obama chats with Afghan President Hamid Karzai during the start of a dinner at the Presidential Palace in Kabul, Afghanistan, March 28, 2010.
This kind of story needs to be getting less frequent — not more prevalent. Easy killing of unarmed people will undermine Israel, and it must turn this around. Israel sets the temperature in its region. Israel is a superpower — and is over-reacting to rock-throwing Palestinians.
Financial reform legislation has been signed by President Obama — and whether some critics want to accept it or not, this is another huge success for the administration.
In Beijing, where I am now, it is 94 degrees and super humid — and I know we just won’t have the smack of thunder and rain to break the mood like DC just had.