The world watches as the US debt deal progresses and stalls and progresses some more to what could be accepted: trouble is that, as John Redwood says, the "US is just adding to the tensions by this foolish posturing." Indeed from both sides but I am getting the impression more and more that Obama doesn't care as long as nothing has to happen before next year...election year; is he the Gordon Brown of the USA? ("a key Democratic demand that would prevent a repeat of the current crisis before the next election" [from CNN]). Reporting varies, obviously (especially considering the first line quote from last week) but in some places you just a completely different version from everywhere else, John again:
"Listening to the BBC you could get the impression that the tea party minority in the Congress has the power and the wish to wreck the world's financial system."I agree, and the Beeb don't help themselves: Mark Mardell is a chronic adherent to Obamamania and in all the coverage of the last few years I doubt that 1% is even slightly "anti" Obama; compare that to the BBC's treatment of Bush (in fact Justin Webb and others are too; they can't help themselves but the bias, omission and false reporting is getting beyond a joke..and they're being watched).