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1/15 Failing @NYTimes fearful that President Trump leading negotiations with #Taliban & #Afghanistan leaders. In gossipy opinion piece posing as news – "How Trump’s Plan to Secretly Meet With the Taliban Came Together, and Fell Apart" – reporters feign outrage that @POTUS would
2/ “not only bring the Taliban to Washington, but to Camp David, the crown jewel of the American presidency.... Thus began an extraordinary few days of ad hoc diplomatic wrangling that upended the talks in a weekend Twitter storm."
3/ "On display were all of the characteristic traits of the Trump presidency – the yearning ambition for the grand prize, the endless quest to achieve what no other president has achieved, the willingness to defy convention, the volatile mood swings and the tribal infighting."
4/ "Even after it fell apart, Trump took it upon himself to disclose the secret machinations in a string of Saturday night Twitter messages that surprised not only many national security officials across the government but even some of the few who were part of the deliberations."
5/ "The tweets took many in the administration by surprise; there was no reason for Mr. Trump to reveal what had happened, several officials said, especially since he has not given up on the idea of a negotiated settlement."
Link: nytimes.com/2019/09/08/wor…
6/ Rather than projecting a clinical assessment of their own instability onto President Trump, #FakeNews ought to consult a real expert on negotiating treaties – the truly great New Yorker John Jay – who negotiated the Treaty of Paris, which ended the Revolutionary War.
7/ In Federalist 64, Jay explained why the President is INTEGRAL to negotiations: "The Constitution gives power to the President, ‘by and with the advice and consent of the Senate, to make treaties, provided two thirds of the senators present concur.’ (Art. II, § 2, cl. 2.)"
8/ "The power of making treaties important – esp. relating to war, peace and commerce – and must be delegated in a mode that includes precautions to afford the highest security for its exercise by individuals best qualified and in the manner most conducive to the public good."
9/ "In negotiating ANY treaty, PERFECT SECRECY and IMMEDIATE DISPATCH are sometimes required. One may obtain the most useful intelligence if the person possessing it can be relieved from apprehension of discovery, which operates whether the person is a MERCENARY or a FRIEND."
10/ "Many of both descriptions would choose to rely upon the secrecy offered by the President, but DECLINE to confide in a Senator, and still LESS SO to a member of a popular assembly like the House of Representatives."
11/ "This consideration ALONE sufficiently explains why the power of making treaties must not be committed to a popular assembly composed of members constantly coming and going in quick succession."
12/ "The House of Representatives is necessarily inadequate to the attain those great objects requiring steady contemplation in all their relations and circumstances, such as a Treaty. Those objects can only be approached and achieved with TALENTS, EXACT INFORMATION, and TIME."
13/ "The affairs of humans are marked by tides of irregular duration, strength and direction, seldom running twice exactly in the same manner or measure. To DISCERN and PROFIT by these tides in national affairs is the BUSINESS of those who preside over them."
14/ "The most experienced negotiators inform us there are frequent occasions when DAYS or HOURS are precious. The loss of a battle, death of a prince, removal of a minister, or other circumstances can intervene to change the present posture and aspect of affairs ..."
15/15 "... and turn the most favorable tide against our wishes. As in the field, so in the Cabinet, with moments to be seized as they pass. THOSE WHO PRESIDE IN EITHER must be given the CAPACITY to IMPROVE the SITUATION."
#JohnJay #Federalist64 tinyurl.com/y59na4rn
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