Stories

SaveSave story

Email worth reading: "Unending political struggle for its own sake”

Statue of Liberty closed
The Statue of Liberty was closed Saturday due to the shutdown. The National Parks Conservation Association estimated 34% of park units would close. Photo: Eduardo Munoz Alvarez / Getty Images

A senior GOP House aide sent this email to me Saturday with the subject line, “Our future," which blasts the United States for shirking its global duties for political quibbles: "The largest country in the world, with global responsibilities, shutting down the government over a squabble ... 100% for short-term political gain."

The big picture: "The post-World War II world we have been living in for 7 decades was largely created — and certainly sustained and defended — by American power. ... Since 2001, we've experienced almost nothing but reverses overseas, much of it truly major and permanent. And our relative power — the power to compel and protect — is shrinking as other countries rise."

  • "And domestically, our decision-making system has become locked in a destructive, inward-turned focus. The emphasis on an unending political struggle for its own sake."
  • "Our enemies didn't do this to us. Virtually all of it is a product of our own decisions."
  • "It isn't sustainable. We're well into a period of increasing internal chaos and decline overseas. We've gotten used to it but I'll just say it for the sheer disbelief of it — the government of the United States just shut down."
  • "In your discussions with the great and the good around town, do you see any recognition of this inevitable scenario? I don't. Do you know anyone with responsibility for making decisions for the country with any concrete, realistic plan to do anything about it? I don't."
  • "They're focused on battling one another, drilling holes in the boat, as we head for the falls. A child can see it coming. Do people really believe all of this is self-sustaining, that it won't just cave in? I don't.”
Axios 5 hours ago
SaveSave story
Featured

Axios situational awareness

🇰🇵 Kim Jong-un's art of dealing with Donald — 🗳️ D.C. on the verge of lowering the voting age — 📖 Juiciest excerpts from new book on Clinton campaign

Sign up for Mike Allen's Axios AM.

Haley Britzky 4 hours ago
SaveSave story

Protests in Gaza continue, leaving hundreds wounded and 37 dead

Palestinians protesters during clashes with Israeli toops near the border with Israel. Photo: Momen Faiz/NurPhoto via Getty Images

At least 37 people have been killed in protests in Gaza since its start in late March, the New York Times reports, and hundreds have been left "wounded by Israeli fire."

The big picture: While participation has waned slightly, the protests along the border separating Israel and Gaza have drawn thousands. Aaron David Miller, director of the Wilson Center's Middle East Program, said that these protests have "become the bloodiest since the 2014 war," and it's "likely to get even worse."