Troubling post on Chakira. As Dr. Bevan used to teach us, "politics abhors a vacuum." (One may wonder, of course, the purpose of a siyum of this nature in the first place, and whether its very existence proves that point.)
Apart from my comment there (scroll down a bit), I don't have much to add but a support for each respective point I made. One is this event at Gracie Mansion. The other is that Wall Street rally from a few years back.
That, and I wonder if Daniel Bomberg will be thanked. OK, I'll admit that's probably a bit much. But I've got other plans.
UPDATE: I've heard that some of my concerns were addressed, however obliquely. Well, it's a start.