Hello, and welcome back to The Best & The Brightest, your Tuesday foreign policy edition. As promised, this letter will fill you in on what really went down at the Aspen Security Forum last week and Abby Livingston’s excellent Capitol Hill readout.
Some Thoughts on the Russia-Ukraine Air War
Early Monday morning, a couple drones exploded in central Moscow, causing minor damage but further exposing how utterly inept Russian air defenses are. For example, one of the drones exploded…
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The unofficial notes from official Washington’s summer journey to the Aspen Security conference: the disappearance of Qin Gang, the specter of Prigozhin, Putinology, Theo Baker, and what happens when you try to fuck with Andrea Mitchell.
What a difference a year makes. At last summer’s Aspen Security Forum, Chinese ambassador Qin Gang lit up the conference with a steely and vicious performance, blaming the U.S. for spreading a “Cold War mentality,” for escalating tensions with China, and hollowing out the One China policy. He weaponized the most sacred of American cows, Abraham Lincoln, to insist that America was backing secessionist “radicals” in Xinjiang, Hong Kong, and Taiwan. He shocked and horrified the foreign policy establishment that had gathered in this mountain resort for…
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