"Fair or unfair, one of the burdens on modern leaders is the expectation that they will give a shape to the arc of distressing events, or at least will try to. Come to think of it, it's not an unreasonable expectation to place on them, for the enormous power they can wield at their whim.
"Donald Trump had an opportunity yesterday to show that he was more than the ignorant, impulsive, reckless opportunist he appeared to be during the election. To show, that is, that the burdens and responsibilities of unmatched international power had in fact sobered him, and made him aware of his obligations to the nation as a whole.
"Of course, he failed.
"And those who stand with him, now, cannot claim the slightest illusion about what they are embracing."
James Fallows at The Atlantic laments Donald Trump's reaction to terror in Charlottesville, Virginia.