But if we wait until Fatah has run out of political capital, we will one day have no one to negotiate with other than Hamas.
But both the Assad regime and the opposition, according to the Western diplomat, “are still playing to win,” not to negotiate.
In addition, what better way to negotiate than to have revelations in your pocket, ready to be pulled out at the appropriate time?
"to communicate in search of mutual agreement," 1590s, back-formation from negotiation, or else from Latin negotiatus, past participle of negotiari. In the sense of "tackle successfully" (1862), it at first meant "to clear on horseback a hedge, fence, or other obstacle" and "originated in the hunting-field; those who hunt the fox like also to hunt jocular verbal novelties" [Gowers, 1965]. Related: Negotiated; negotiating.