What Mattered This Week?
President Barack Obama announced plans for Afghanistan. That certainly matters. The new plan probably represents the high side of expectations -- expectations being a slower withdrawal (at least of my expectations).
What didn't matter? Sacking the Secretary of Veteran's Affairs probably won't affect the outcome of the VA scandal. It allowed a bunch of Democrats in Congress, and running for Congress, to act as if they were tough on the scandal and allowed Obama to look as if he was acting decisively. What really matters is whether Obama keeps pressure on the department to reform which, in turn, will be more likely if Congress and the press keep the pressure on him.
That's what I have. What have you noticed? What do you think mattered this week?
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