Trump Needs to Be More Trumpian in Syria

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

“The United States will be making an exit from Syria ‘very soon,’ President Trump said late last month in Ohio. ‘Let the other people take care of it now.’ In making this announcement, the president ignored a cardinal principle of an author he holds in very high regard: himself. According to ‘The Art of the Deal,’ Mr. Trump’s 1987 best-selling guide to business strategy, success in negotiations requires developing leverage. The crux of the matter is appearing unflappable while making the other guy sweat. ‘The worst thing you can possibly do in a deal is seem desperate to make it,’ Mr. Trump wrote. ‘That makes the other guy smell blood, and then you’re dead.'”