Nation: At the Bridge of Sighs

Discords abound as Carter meets the West's leaders in Venice

I stood in Venice, on the Bridge of Sighs;

A palace and a prison on each hand:

... and a dying Glory smiles

O'er the far times, when many a subject land Look 'd to the winged Lion's marble piles,

Where Venice sate in state,

throned on her hundred isles! —Lord Byron (1818)

Like Childe Harold, Jimmy Carter was on a pilgrimage to Venice this week, not to muse on the fate of a vanished empire but to confer with...

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