"Both nations insist Putin's no-show at a high-profile economic gathering tailored for his attendance is not a snub. But the decision to skip next week's meeting of the Group of Eight industrial nations in the United States and a much-anticipated Oval Office meeting with Obama, may set a sour tone for the next four years."
-- The US has turned into that kid that walks into the cafeteria that no one wants to sit next to and be associated with. Even small moves like this speak volumes to the US' free fall from world dominance. -- JB, Managing Editor