Why did the US Scrap Iran Nuclear Deal?
A BBC News report says that the Iran Nuclear deal, which was a major achievement of the previous Obama administration, was scrapped by the Trump led administration due to personal reasons that were quite arbitrary. The scrapping of the deal was probably done without working out an alternate strategy, and has since led to a number of countries being pressurized to suspend trade relations with Iran. The pressure brought on by the US and its allies has resulted in uncertainty throughout the globe but especially for countries which depend upon Iran for Oil. As we remember, most of the western democracies were in favor of saving the Iran nuclear deal, but as always were resigned to the final decision by America. The allies of the United States are very much behind the US even in matters where they are ideologically opposed to it. What do we call such people? Insecure is a word that comes to mind. Insecurity comes from Russian, Chinese, North Korean threats, real or imagined. Insecurity comes from history and from knowing that might is needed to save what we think is right.
What is the understanding that those who are following the incumbent POTUS can glean from this? The takeaway is that his personal likes and dislikes can control his decision making, as they appear to have done in this instance. Is his unpredictable behavior, that helps put adversaries on the back-foot, just the arbitrary impulse of a man used to having his own way? This is obviously not his strength and actually it subtracts from his strengths that we have enumerated below, but it does make him appear to be the biggest bully in the world. Will it take a person like him to keep the world safe from existential threats?
What do the American people, who elected him, think of him now? We’ll likely find out in November 2020. Check Wikipedia on the forthcoming election.
Some books by the President
US President “Fires” British Ambassador
Actually the British Ambassador resigned saying it was impossible for him to continue, but the trigger for the resignation was that the American President refused to do business with him.
Continuing with our study of the current US President (below), we can see a pattern emerging that may force us to modify our previous assumption about his unpredictability. On careful observation, his behavior in the face of public criticism appears quite predictable.
The problem is that Sir Kim Darroch never published his observations but merely made them in the course of performing his duty to his sovereign. Perhaps half the world has something to say privately about Mr Trump and Sir Kim Darroch definitely isn’t the first, or the last to make sincere observations about his presidency.
What does this episode say about the United Kingdom? Its been 78 years since “the New World, with all its power and might, stepped forth to the rescue and the liberation of the old.” Since then the UK has looked increasingly towards the US in every thing to do with foreign policy. The EU was a chance of escape from that dependence, but alas the vote for Brexit ensured that this need for US guidance should grow further.
when we look at the recent (30th June 2019) developments against their backdrop as given in the the older news stories (links below), we can observe a very shrewd negotiator at work.
Observe and learn to negotiate from the best and the toughest negotiator as he negotiates in full public view. The following appear to be the main points to pick up from the President’s style:
Start from a position of strength; When you are the POTUS, you are already at the strongest possible position. Don’t give up your advantage by trying to be politically correct just to create an international image of suaveness. Plough right into the opposite party and let them back down a bit. For this you have to lose some scruples and consciously try to be ruthless.
This may not be easy for those of you brought up on stories by Enid Blighton or the cartoon characters created by her.
Be Totally Unpredictable; For those just starting down this path, don’t do the first thing that comes naturally, rather do the totally opposite thing. For example, as soon as you begin to feel guilty about something and perhaps are about to say sorry; turn right around and blame the party that first brought up the issue. They have to be guilty for pointing it out.
Predict and Preempt challenges; Tough folks do not spend “all” their time working out ways of trying to help people and create a better world. Fighters are also trying to anticipate the coming attack. You have to know yourself and your adversaries, monitor their movements, monitor their verbal expressions, try not to miss even a facial twitch. Interpret these actions and create a model of where this can lead. Anticipate and forestall.
Don’t Delay your Defense and Counterattack, (or DDDC); Soon as you notice a coming attack, use the best tool for a counterattack aka twitter. Lets say you just found out that one of your own staff may be about to resign; immediately go to the computer and fire them in such a way that the whole world knows about it.
Do not believe or defend something that you do not understand; Like global warming, there is so much talk about it and, let us face it, there is almost no real action except perhaps at the fringes. Mostly it is groups or individuals taking selfies with placards who have driven to a conference or taken a flight who will sleep in air-conditioning tonight. Do not join this party without being sure of it. Do not try to understand it either, at least not till it is too hot under the collar for you.
Believe that any position can be defended; So long as you have powerful groups with you. You can defend the right to bear arms including the semi-automatic rifles with high capacity magazines; you can lobby to arm teachers with handguns.
Of course our study is a continuing one and we can draw more conclusions as events play out on the world stage and I am sure we shall have plenty more points to add to the above. If you think we can already add some to the above list, do write in,