Bluster man loves the ratings, the big fat screaming headlines. And there's his raving populist base which demands the red-nostrilled threats and which he has to cater to.
The American president is a politician who doesn’t try to persuade anyone. If there exists in his view of the world any personality whom it makes sense to persuade, that person is he himself. And as long as he persuades himself of anything, he regards it as an axiom, which it is not then necessary to prove, give [Read more]
Trump’s military ambitions and his temptation to use force are considerable.
What is not normal is the divisiveness, intensity, level of danger, and sometimes banality of the conflicts created by the new president of the United States.
Turnbull can't choose not to engage with Trump, nor can he choose never to differ with him. No relationship works like that, and certainly not one where aligned, but markedly different national interests are at stake.