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The Mad Negotiator

Posted On: Sep 11, 2019   |   Posted By: Politico

The Mad Negotiator

In the “fire and fury” phase of Donald Trump's presidency, everyone worried that he'd impulsively start a war with North Korea. The worry should have been he'd, almost on a whim, step across the Korean DMZ in a chummy photo-op with Kim Jong Un. Richard Nixon famously had his ”mad man” theory of bringing our adversaries to heel by impressing on them his bellicose unpredictability. They'd better talk, otherwise the crazed anti-communist Nixon might shake off the reins of his advisers and nuke somebody. It's easy to see the inherent appeal of this theory to Trump, who has cited it in congratulating himself for avoiding war with North Korea. But the president, despite the occasional over-the-top threat, is not a natural madman in this Nixonian sense. He's not a mad bomber; he's the mad negotiator. Does a South Korean delegation have an offer from Kim to negotiate directly, with little or no preparation and fuzzy goals? By all means, let's accept it, and make the meeting a captivating show. Is U.S. envoy Zalmay...

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