Gerard Schroder has another election to win. Here’s how the Financial Times says he kicked off the latest run:

Gerhard Schröder, the German chancellor, has called on the US to leave “the military option off the table” in its dispute with Iran, in a speech aimed at boosting his re-election campaign.

Seems reasonable to me that one should negotiate from a position of strength — not weakness. Perhaps this tenet won’t be lost on the German people. But, it probably will.