Greetings from out West,
I’ll save the travelogue stuff for the solo Remnant on Friday. Let’s just get started.
In my column today, I pondered whether Antony Blinken, the secretary of state, was unwilling or unable to more manfully (can I say that?) defend America’s honor and decency in a confrontation with his Chinese interlocutors, because to do so would get him crosswise with the base of his party.
In case you missed it, the Chinese accused America of being racist—they doubled down on the claim today—and insinuated that our democracy is so flawed that we have no right to condemn China’s actions. In response, Blinken didn’t directly rebut the claims. Instead, he said we never claimed to be perfect, but at least we confront our problems openly.