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A Quiet Biden Scores Big NATO Win Over Putin

A US Air Force F-16 performs maneuvers at the Singapore Airshow in 2018. 

A US Air Force F-16 performs maneuvers at the Singapore Airshow in 2018. 

Photographer: SeongJoon Cho/Bloomberg

It was a muted Joe Biden who showed up in the Bavarian Alps to what was an oddly low-key Group of Seven meeting notable for its lack of memorable moments.

Whether that was by design or not is unclear. A US president is generally the star of the show, the man everyone wants to see with a packed schedule.