“Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it everywhere diagnosing it incorrectly and applying the wrong remedies.” Groucho Marx
T H I S I S H O W T R U M P D O E S T H I N G S
Brinkmanship is defined as the art or practice of pushing a dangerous situation or confrontation to the limit of safety especially to force a desired outcome. It is usually employed as a deterrent in a nuclear arms confrontation.
U. S. President Trump has expanded this definition to meet his own ends. If he had the wisdom and the experience he would not have drawn a line in the sand and dared his own country to cross it at their own peril.
As it happened he reportedly had no real battle plan to win the confrontation with the Democrats and was forced to back down due to public safety issues as air traffic controllers were overwhelmed with the traffic and lack of people reporting to their stations for work.
The country was given a temporary reprieve when Trump opened the government again at least for the next twenty-one days. His ego was bruised but the country is once again relatively safe.
Mr. Trump lacks the finesse and the aplomb to handle any type of brinkmanship scenario.
Dumb luck and a persistent and insistent Nancy Pelosi forced him to backdown and reopen government at least in the short-term.
What happens after that is left in the hands of the more experienced and capable politicians who theoretically know what they are doing. — GC