A tale of two negotiators

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A tale of two negotiators

[cap­tion id=”” align=“aligncenter” width=“1920”] By Don­key­Hotey (Don­ald Trump Is Not Going to Sue Pope Fran­cis) [CC BY-​SA 2.0 (https://​cre​ativecom​mons​.org/​l​i​c​e​n​s​e​s​/​b​y​-​s​a/2.0)], via Wiki­me­dia Commons[/caption]President Trump and Pope Fran­cis are about as far apart on the spec­trum as you can get. Both men lead large orga­ni­za­tions and have tried to imple­ment big change. Most impor­tantly, both are rene­go­ti­at­ing deals. Let’s com­pare those results.

Pope Fran­cis has been work­ing to reunite a break­away fac­tion, called SSPX, most of his time in office. He has also been work­ing to restore rela­tion­ship with China and begin appoint­ing bish­ops there. Pres­i­dent Trump declared his intent to rene­go­ti­ate trade deals, specif­i­cally with the Euro­pean Union, Mex­ico and Canada.

These nego­ti­a­tions are tough. Both sides were fairly entrenched. Yet today we are read­ing about Pres­i­dent Trumps suc­cesses and (not read­ing) Pope Fran­cis’ fail­ures. Why is that?

Put sim­ply, Pres­i­dent Trump is will­ing to shoot for the moon and use his full power to get there. Any deal he pro­poses might at first sound ludi­crous. Nego­ti­ate peace with North Korea? Redo NAFTA? Take on China in a trade war and win? Impos­si­ble! Then after he sets these goals, he goes after them with every­thing. With North Korea, he waged a “max­i­mum pres­sure” cam­paign, not only after North Korea but any­one that chose to dealt with it. This included plenty of Chi­nese ship­ping com­pa­nies that did lots of busi­ness in Amer­ica. Their eager­ness to stay out of Pres­i­dent Trump’s crosshairs tight­ened the noose around North Korea and brought them to the table.

With China, Mex­ico and the EU, Pres­i­dent Trump rec­og­nized that most coun­tries exported heav­ily to the US. Coun­tries slap­ping tar­iffs on US goods sim­ply redi­rected those goods to Amer­i­can mar­kets (more than capa­ble of absorb­ing them), while not hav­ing a good counter on the other coun­tries mar­kets. That’s why even the South China Morn­ing Post pleaded with Bei­jing to sim­ply set­tle with Trump, rather than risk crush­ing the Chi­nese economy.

On the Catholic side, we’ve had stale­mate. China con­tin­ues it’s nor­mal win­ning trend: put pres­sure on peo­ple to take their side, and when you can, sim­ply force the issue. The Uighurs are a per­fect exam­ple. After offer­ing them “friendly” oppor­tu­ni­ties to renounce their reli­gion, the past ten years have seen China ratchet up the game. First it was nice requests. Then it was attempt­ing to breed them out by import­ing Han-​chinese from the coastal regions. Then it was drone strikes on selec­tive tar­gets, and now we have mas­sive reed­u­ca­tion camps.

Hate to break it to the Pope, but the Catholic Church in China is going to wind up like that too.

Instead of see­ing the Pope square off against China, we are see­ing him cower to their athe­ist gov­ern­ment. Instead of call­ing for Catholics in China to change their gov­ern­ment, Pope Fran­cis is nego­ti­at­ing with that gov­ern­ment and get­ting noth­ing in return. Maybe the Pope can read Pres­i­dent Trump’s book on nego­ti­at­ing before he hits another crisis…


This post rep­re­sents the views of the author and not those of the Depart­ment of Defense, Depart­ment of the Navy, or any other gov­ern­ment agency. But it really would be nice if Pope Fran­cis could start nego­ti­at­ing well and solve some of these crises that rock our Church.

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By DonkeyHotey (Donald Trump Is Not Going to Sue Pope Francis) [CC BY-SA 2.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
President Trump and Pope Francis are about as far apart on the spectrum as you can get. Both men lead large organizations and have tried to implement big change. Most importantly, both are renegotiating deals. Let’s compare those results.

Pope Francis has been working to reunite a breakaway faction, called SSPX, most of his time in office. He has also been working to restore relationship with China and begin appointing bishops there. President Trump declared his intent to renegotiate trade deals, specifically with the European Union, Mexico and Canada.

These negotiations are tough. Both sides were fairly entrenched. Yet today we are reading about President Trumps successes and (not reading) Pope Francis’ failures. Why is that?

Put simply, President Trump is willing to shoot for the moon and use his full power to get there. Any deal he proposes might at first sound ludicrous. Negotiate peace with North Korea? Redo NAFTA? Take on China in a trade war and win? Impossible! Then after he sets these goals, he goes after them with everything. With North Korea, he waged a “maximum pressure” campaign, not only after North Korea but anyone that chose to dealt with it. This included plenty of Chinese shipping companies that did lots of business in America. Their eagerness to stay out of President Trump’s crosshairs tightened the noose around North Korea and brought them to the table.

With China, Mexico and the EU, President Trump recognized that most countries exported heavily to the US. Countries slapping tariffs on US goods simply redirected those goods to American markets (more than capable of absorbing them), while not having a good counter on the other countries markets. That’s why even the South China Morning Post pleaded with Beijing to simply settle with Trump, rather than risk crushing the Chinese economy.

On the Catholic side, we’ve had stalemate. China continues it’s normal winning trend: put pressure on people to take their side, and when you can, simply force the issue. The Uighurs are a perfect example. After offering them “friendly” opportunities to renounce their religion, the past ten years have seen China ratchet up the game. First it was nice requests. Then it was attempting to breed them out by importing Han-chinese from the coastal regions. Then it was drone strikes on selective targets, and now we have massive reeducation camps.

Hate to break it to the Pope, but the Catholic Church in China is going to wind up like that too.

Instead of seeing the Pope square off against China, we are seeing him cower to their atheist government. Instead of calling for Catholics in China to change their government, Pope Francis is negotiating with that government and getting nothing in return. Maybe the Pope can read President Trump’s book on negotiating before he hits another crisis…


This post represents the views of the author and not those of the Department of Defense, Department of the Navy, or any other government agency. But it really would be nice if Pope Francis could start negotiating well and solve some of these crises that rock our Church.

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