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Weekend Courier - - Opinion -

GOLDEN Bay res­i­dent Yu­lia Ivasenko took these pho­tos of the lo­cal birdlife. Send pho­tos to week­end­courier@com­mu­ni­tynews.com.au. Trump's lik­ing is skewed such that he can­not ne­go­ti­ate within a rea­son­able time frame bet­ter terms for the US (and the free world) from a po­si­tion of strength, he sim­ply ex­er­cises his only re­main­ing op­tion, which is to pull out of this old “bad” deal al­to­gether.

This then al­lows Trump and the US to ne­go­ti­ate a new “good” deal from their orig­i­nal and le­git­i­mate po­si­tion of strength (while they still pos­sess it) by forc­ing the weaker and pre­vi­ously re­cal­ci­trant party (or par­ties) to limp back to the ne­go­ti­at­ing ta­ble with their 'capin-hand'. It seems po­lit­i­cally risky and undiplo­matic at first blush, but it's de­ci­sive and it's quick.

Well-mean­ing world lead­ers who orig­i­nate from the po­lit­i­cal gene pool may be un­nerved by Trump's meth­ods, but speed and de­ci­sive­ness have never been part of their diplo­matic tool kit.

And in in­ter­na­tional pol­i­tics, un­like busi­ness, time is not only money – it is also lives. MARK DYER Rockingham

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