From The Hill:
President Trump’s incoming national security adviser John Bolton said Sunday he hopes impending economic tariffs against China could be “a little shock therapy” for the country.
Electroconvulsive therapy is, as I understand it, ssomething used for depression, mania, and catatonia. So, is Mr. Bolton suggesting China suffers from one of these three disorders? Given the magnitude of the tariff effects is unlikely to be sufficient to induce significant economic pain, isn’t a different metaphor more apt? If we’re sticking with military metaphors (given it’s a trade war we’re threatening), I would think “shot across the bow” fits the bill.
At least Mike Flynn had the sense to defer economic questions to economists.