Washington Dysfunction And U.S. Credibility Abroad
President Barack Obama met with House Republicans yesterday in an attempt to end their budget impasse. No progress was reported, and the government shutdown entered its third day today. Obama also shortened his scheduled trip to Asia, signaling that the White House was not hopeful the shutdown would end soon. There's growing concern that the failures in Washington are damaging America's reputation internationally. Moreover, economists and financial experts say if Congress does not raise the debt ceiling in mid-October, the global economic fallout could be catastrophic. Diane and her guests discuss how dysfunction at home could have consequences for the U.S. overseas.
director, Maurice R. Greenberg Center for Geoeconomic Studies and Paul A. Volcker senior fellow for international economics, Council on Foreign Relations.
editor, Politico magazine.
director, the Saban Center for Middle East Policy at The Brookings Institution; former deputy assistant secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs (2009 to 2012).