The Republicans met at a retreat outside of Washington and retreated on the policy of saying no to everything. Instead, they want to do a temporary (three-month) debt ceiling increase.
This is better than the earlier childish stance but as a negotiating play, hard to understand. The New York Times had comments from experts who teach negotiation at places like the Harvard Business School and they are all puzzled, too.
Separately, analysts smell that the next Obama administration is going to turn inward to solve domestic problems. Even before the inaugural speech, The Economist was bemoaning that a pre-commitment to stay out of foreign entanglements will diminish US power on the global stage. Yeah, and cost less, too.
Let others start paying – and taking the criticism for interference in others’ affairs. The President got the strongest applause on his second inauguration day when he said we are “ending a decade of war.” The world can’t deride and ridicule the US for being the world’s self-appointed policeman and then cry in its beer when the US sees the self-interest in being the world’s policeman less than compelling.