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Honestly, in a real hostage takers situation, you negotiate and negotiate so much they lose the will to hold.

Here is an interesting book about it, https://www.amazon.com/Never-Split-Difference-Negotiating-De...

So your nugget of wisdom is actually bad advice in real world, wrong analogy when arguing about separation of powers and checks and balances.

Serious comment: I assume this advice holds when the hostage taker has no means of escape but perhaps is less applicable when their location is not known? In the latter case, negotiation is probably still a good option but for different reasons.

Capitulating would be a bad precedent.

I initially read that as “bad president”

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