Saturday, December 19, 2009


. Saturday, December 19, 2009

As expected, nothing much happened. I've run down the reasons why before. But there was one interesting moment (even besides the times that Chavez, Mugabe, and Ahmadinejad took the podium):

The deal eventually came together after a dramatic moment in which Mr. Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton burst into a meeting of the Chinese, Indian and Brazilian leaders, according to senior administration officials. Mr. Obama said he did not want them negotiating in secret.

Oh, to have been a fly on that wall. Apparently, Wen Jiabao didn't take too kindly to Obama's intrusion, and sent a message of his own:

Mr. Wen did not attend two smaller, impromptu meetings during the day that Mr. Obama and United States officials conducted with the leaders of other world powers, an apparent snub that infuriated administration officials and their European counterparts.

I may have more to say about the actual agreement later, but I remain skeptical that a win-set exists for a meaningful agreement.






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