The quiet pre-Christmas week theory has taken a hit. A second Russian diplomat shot in Turkey?, Or, "dead of gunshot wounds" since maybe this was a suicide? Hard to square that with this detail:
A gun was also reportedly discovered under the sink in the bathroom.
He shot himself in the head, then hid the gun? OK, maybe not impossible, since people sometimes survive head wounds.
In Berlin, the investigation continues with a terror orientation but the original man arrested has been released.
And China has returned our underwater drone, prompting this utterly opaque analysis:
“I see the snatched drone as a calculated act of coercive diplomacy approved at the top,” Patrick M. Cronin, the senior director of the Asia-Pacific Security Program at the Center for a New American Security in Washington, said in an email.
“I believe Beijing accelerated plans to create an early test for the new administration because Trump publicly called into question the One China policy and because China judged it safer to provoke Obama than an unpredictable Trump,” Mr. Cronin said.
The Chinese leadership wanted to test Trump but figured testing Obama was safer? OK, who wouldn't, but that isn't really much of a test now, is it? More to look forward to next January? Or, if they do not test Trump because (like the rest of us) they have no idea what might happen, is that yet another win for us to get bored with?