OK, the Chicago thing was a dud, and now the rest of the world is scheming behind America's back to dump the dollar, which unlike losing the Olympics to Rio is going to cause some actual pain to U.S. consumers (especially gasoline consumers). What to do?
Well, we know from past presidents that the best response to either a real or perceived blow to the prestige of the United States is to unleash hell. Just days after the fall of Saigon in 1975, President Gerald Ford saw an uptick in his flagging popularity by sending troops to retake the Mayaguez, despite the fact that 21 Americans were killed or lost and the crew they were sent to rescue had already been released. And questions still linger about whether Ronald Reagan's 1983 assault in Grenada was influenced by the tragic loss of 230 U.S. Marines in Lebanon two days earlier.
So I wasn't shocked, or particular awed, to see that the Obama administration is now about to drop the big one...on the moon!