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Trump’s chaotic charge through the geopolitical china shop is not all bad news

If it works, it works, however much diplomacy shudders at the methods

By Simon Jenkins   June 2018

Photo: Jerome Lynch/Zuma Press/PA Images

The antics of Donald Trump over Iran and Korea raise two questions. One concerns his capacity for coherent thought, the other is whether the antics might just work. Might the madcap mix of bombast and blather, willy-waving and mouthiness just achieve foreign policy goals that are beyond up-market diplomacy? If so, a lot of textbooks are going to need rewriting.

In the light of the seemingly-shambolic anti-diplomacy on Iran, it is already easy to forget the remarkable shift from screaming abuse to hugs…

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