And lets be fair, it isn't like the Obama Admin could be trusted to live up to the terms of the agreement anyway.
a culture that prefers deluding the boss over delivering bad news isn't well equipped to try new things
In a former life I did a lot of gov contracting. For any project, you couldn't get your GPM (gov program manager) to sign off on anything. Why? Because they had to go to their boss to get approval. Who also had to go to their boss to get approval and so on.
Why? Because they didn't want to be the one to blame if something went wrong. If anything, they were very apt to go up the flag pole for anything, but the issue was you never got an answer for anything.
This seems to be the case for healthcare.gov, no one made actionable decisions.
the United States will hardly be in a position to condemn them or counsel restraint
Like the United States gives a crap. The US will protest if any other country does it, as we are spoiled children who think we can do as we please.
Suggest you just sit there and wait till life gets easier.