Anyone who has been involved in business negotiations and contract deals has to appreciate Donald Trump’s tactics. His first rule is to capture most, if not all the “oxygen” in the room. He achieves that by taking over the agenda and driving it in his direction by dominating the air time, particularly in the debates. The second rule is that all negotiations are a “zero sum game” there is no “win win” in serious business negotiations. To counter Trump’s undoubted advantage in making a deal type experience, the other Republican primary candidates should pick on Trump’s hidden, but vulnerable areas. For example, one such weakness, is his perceived love affair with our military vets. In reality and where he is vulnerable, Trump has a history of draft dodging, back in the Vietnam war era. By some means or other, he managed to come up with five draft exceptions, some admittedly involving student exceptions, but also for medical reasons. Obviously, he was not the only rich kid at that time, dodging the draft, but it does seem a little two-faced to pitch himself as the champion of today’s military personnel and particularly the vets, when he himself did everything to avoid serving.
IAN SHAW, CUMMING