It makes me wonder who benefits from the drama, it's the US after all, somebody must be. As my american friends tell me all the time, nothing gets done if there is not money to be made. It goes hand in hand with 'don't take it personally it just business'. So who is making money from this?
Or is it something else? As they say you can't blame the wolves for killing animals, they are carnivores. You can't blame politicians for thinking short-term, they are after the votes. There must be lots of money in votes.