The United States is schizophrenic, with President Donald Trump an unabashed admirer of Moscow while the rest of his government sees in it a new Soviet Union.
Washington plays these games when it has problems with China that have nothing to do with Tibet.
Mr Trump has shown no patience for the protracted negotiations and consensus-building that a sensible withdrawal would require.
The friction during the 2008-2013 period can be linked to the bilateral relationship in a way that is completely missing in the 2013-2018 period.
Arguably, however, it is America’s extraordinary ability to assimilate and leverage immigrant talent – not to mention defending America’s allies when called for – that has made the United States a superpower.
Never before has a presidency so divided the American people as Donald Trump’s. Before Trump, no post-war President has consistently challenged the core democratic values underlying American foreign policy.
The details of the charges and counter-charges are complicated and open up a window to a very different set of issues.
Mr Trump may have acted not only to lift Israeli morale but also to give the tottering Benjamin Netanhayu a chance to remain in power.
As on Wednesday, 48 per cent of Americans say they support impeachment in one form or another, while 44.4 per cent let it be known that they do not support it.
His imprint on trade, security and Asia policy will last. His influence on immigration, climate change may not.