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Trump's dysfunction cannot be contained

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All the talk of special prosecutors and the like will not bring the man to book. No amount of dysfunction in the White House will make it stop until early 2019 at best, even though a great deal of damage will have been done by then.

Some of the damage will only affect the United States. Donald Trump breaks all the unwritten rules that regulate the behaviour of public officials: don't use your office to enrich yourself; don't give plum jobs to your relatives; don't fire the director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation because he's leading an investigation into possibly treasonous behaviour among your close associates.

These are domestic problems.

But the same recklessness, brought to bear on foreign affairs, may have far bigger consequences.

The Middle East is more frightening than northeast Asia where most of the major players around North Korea are grown-ups who don't want a nuclear war. In........

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