Monday’s Helsinki summit meeting between President Trump and Russian President Putin began after Mr. Putin showed up almost an hour late. With Mr. Putin, such actions are never accidental. It was a put-down of Mr. Trump from which he never recovered entirely.
President Donald Trump, like everyone alive today, never met Prussian military theorist Carl Von Clausewitz, but the author of "Vom Kriege" ("On War") would have found pleasant company with the man who inspired "The Art of the Deal." For Clausewitz, war involved politics in addition to "other means" to arrive at a "deal"; in other words to obtain the objectives of a nation at war.