Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Re: USA Africa Dialogue Series - Abridged summary of usaafricadialogue@googlegroups.com - 20 updates in 11 topics

President Trump's America is Protectionist, Isolationist & Warmonger?

Nativists' arrowhead President Donald John Trump of America is hell-bent on fulfilling his polemical campaign promises, with the attendant risks of creating worldwide instability, insecurity and a downward spiral of the global economy.

Many, including myself never expected Donald J. Trump to be elected a dogcatcher, much less, being elected president of the United States of America, and so, there were many of us, who thought very little of his electioneering campaign rhetoric as anything but mere blusters

Donald Trump's only claim to fame is his real estate business, his scandalous serial marriages, his reality show on television "The Apprentice" a show in which he made the term, "You Are Fired" notorious!

President Trump's possibility of winning the elections was so remote, in the view of many pundits and the average person in America and across the world, such that his outrageous and equally outlandish pronouncements regarding Mexico, Muslims, World Trade, TPP, NAFTA, Gender Equality or his misogyny, Global Warming etc were derided and dismissed by so many.

These were merely Trump's characteristic braggadocios, many thought; particularly, coming from a man, who once publicly proclaimed Marla Maples as the best sex he ever had, then, married a divorced her in such rapid disorder! Mr. Trump before dabbling into politics had the reputation of a loudmouth!

President Obama was known to have called the now President Trump out, by chastising Trump with a sort of advice, to the effect that Trump should realize, that the America presidency requires superb intellects and strategic thinking, not the sorts of talking-before-you-think of reality shows on television!

Then the elections came, and like magic, the dam broke, Mr. Trump won the elections by some fluke or by the sheer force of democracy by nativists and nativism! Nativists are Donald Trump's core support.

True democracy requires Trump to keep his promises to these core supporters who ensured his being victorious over Secretary of State Senator Hilary Rodham Clinton, who was projected by pundits and the average Joe, to be the would be first female president of America, and seen as a literal shoo in.

On January 20th, 2017, Donald John Trump was inaugurated or sworn-in, as the 45th president of the United States of America, and he made a lackluster inaugural speech, without flair or flavor, as he singularly focused on a segment of the American population to whom he pandered during, and after the electioneering campaigns, and then, with his bland, brash and quite uninspiring inaugural speech.

President Trump, true to his rhetoric, polemics and blusters during the elections campaigns, has started to make good on his promises, starting with Executive Orders signings with melodramatic fervors on major issues such as immigration, trade, abortion rights and much more.

President Trump has with a simple stroke of the pen, revived the hitherto moribund oil-pipeline project between Canada and the United States, despite the long drawn-out debates between conservatives and environmentalists regarding cost-benefit analyses, the cost to the environment and benefits to consumers.

President Trump after his victory at the American elections was expected to tone down his toxic and acerbic pronouncements about everything, but, instead, he has accelerated and ramped-up his rants against everything and everybody!

President Trump has so far, mostly engage in outbursts like a petulant child. He has thus far refused to grow up and matured into the American presidency, he is everything but presidential in his first week at the presidency.

As have been characteristic of him, he criticized the German leader, Chancellor Angela Merkel for her fair minded and liberal policy on immigration and refugees, Trump blamed her for not acting similar to the advocates and proponents of Brexit, Brexit is referendum which voted in favor of Britain exiting the European Union multilateral organization.

President Trump has also engaged in diatribe against China, even as China has begun to command worldwide respect consequent upon President Xi Jinping of China's promotion of free trade and globalization, during the Davos World Economic Forum recently.

It remains to be seen, whether President Trump will go-full-throttle and full-speed ahead with his vociferous threats against China, to the effect of imposing 45 percent trade tariffs on every product made in China and exported to America.

Israel has taken a hint and even solace from Donald Trump's brash worldview, it is protectionist and isolationist, Trump's so-called America First, which is parochial, myopic and quite shortsighted to say the very least.

And so, Israel has announced that she would build almost three thousands housing units, in addition to the illegal settlements which Prime Minister Netanyahu government already built on Palestinian territory lands, an action which has received widespread condemnation worldwide, including criticism by European nations and even the United Nations, but, not a whisper or whimper and murmur from the President Trump's administration.

President Trump and his Defense Secretary have made public statements suggestive of war mongering. Both men have indicated interests in military actions to reverse China's presence in South China Sea.

Fighting a war in China's neighborhood will be expensive and quite costly in various respects. A war with China may be Trump's wag-the-dog distractions for his domestic audience as plan B, if his much bragged about "America First" economic theories does not revive America, but any such war, will be debilitating for America and it will be an unwinnable war.

President Trump comes across as totally and completely clueless and ignorant, particularly when he talks about complex and complicated global issues with his simpleton conspiracy theories. He often wag his fingers at everyone. He comes across as an egomaniacal arrogant buffoon, who happens to be president of the United States of America!

There are some who are still hopeful, in the belief that President Trump will soon calm down and curb his enthusiasm for making illogical and unreasonable demands on other nations.

Such hopes were raised on Friday January 27, 2017 as Prime Minister Theresa May of Britain forced President Trump to contradict himself and his threat to undermine North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) he did so publicly, obviously, kicking and screaming, as he said in her presence, that he is now behind NATO funding one hundred percent! This is an about face on NATO by Mr. Trump! More of such swallowing of own vomit are reasonably expected

Others, have speculated and suggested that his talk is just all-talk, and therefore, he is merely engaging in grandstanding and psychological warfare, before negotiations, in order to get the better part of deals or upper hand in relationships, trade or diplomatic. This thinking implies that he is smart and practices what he preached in his old book, The Art of A Deal.

Those who are suggesting this, are reasoning that President Trump knows his limits and America's, in relationships with all other nations, this thinking better be right, or the world will witness too many trade conflicts, violent military confrontations, sundry cantankerous interactions with other nations, and even the possibility of a nuclear holocaust; as a boaster and an egomaniac is president of America!

President Trump's current attitude to global issues is the very definition of extreme unreasonableness.

I predict that President Trump will lead America out of its world-power status, if he continues to make his outrageous and outlandish provocative pronouncements.

President Trump could unfurl asinine policies which would lead the world into political, economic and military seismic events or even global cataclysms!

Written by Paul I. Adujie Esq


On Mon, Jan 30, 2017 at 11:53 PM, <usaafricadialogue@googlegroups.com> wrote:
Cornelius Hamelberg <corneliushamelberg@gmail.com>: Jan 30 02:02PM -0800

"If Trump wants to ban those who can be radicalised by extremists, then he
should start with anyone who voted for him
<https://twitter.com/charles_hrh/status/825490913661222917> "
Segun Ogungbemi <seguno2013@gmail.com>: Jan 30 06:20AM +0100

DNA Evidence Proves That the First People in China Were Black
It has been proven that the first men in ...more
kojo <andohk10@gmail.com>: Jan 30 05:05PM -0500

When somebody once asked me in Ohio "where are you from" I
said Connecticut, to which he responded "but you are from Africa", my
accent obviously. My response, "aren't we all?"
Oluwatoyin Vincent Adepoju <toyin.adepoju@gmail.com>: Jan 30 05:48PM +0100

Magnificent tributes.
May she live on, in soul and memory.
On 29 January 2017 at 22:57, Olayinka Agbetuyi <yagbetuyi@hotmail.com>
ADETAYO ALABI <aalabi@olemiss.edu>: Jan 30 07:06PM

So sad to read of Professor Barbara Harlow's passing. She was indeed a wonderful scholar and a personable activist. Her contributions to the academy and our world in general will transcend her ...more
Bessie House Soremekun <housesoremekun@gmail.com>: Jan 30 04:10PM -0600

I was so sorry to hear of the recent passing of Professor Harlow. I had the
opportunity to meet her at one or two of the Africa Conferences at
UT-Austin over the past few years and she seemed to be ...more
Funmi Tofowomo Okelola <cafeafricana1@aol.com>: Jan 30 09:29AM -0800

"A new retrospective at the Noguchi Museum, titled Self-Interned,
1942: Noguchi in Poston War ...more
Oluwatoyin Vincent Adepoju <toyin.adepoju@gmail.com>: Jan 30 05:33PM +0100

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: The Harvard Crimson <no-reply@thecrimson.com>
Date: 30 January 2017 at 15:01
Subject: Today's Harvard Headlines: Two Harvard Affiliates Barred from ...more
msjoe21st@aol.com: Jan 30 10:26AM -0500

Olayinka Agbetuyi <yagbetuyi@hotmail.com>: Jan 29 11:52PM

There is no doubt from the recent executive disorders that Trump wants to create American democracy in his own image. He will soon be made to learn the hard way.
There is no doubt that Trump cannot ...more
Cornelius Hamelberg <corneliushamelberg@gmail.com>: Jan 29 03:30PM -0800

Dearest Ken,
I didn't vote for Trump. I think that you got me wrong this time.
This is the one ...more
Kenneth Harrow <harrow@msu.edu>: Jan 29 08:09PM -0500

Sorry Cornelius, I was intemperate
People who are not here, now, in the country should know what it is like. Every day trump signs orders that rescind progress that we've fought for, for long ...more
Mobolaji Aluko <alukome@gmail.com>: Jan 30 04:48AM +0100

Ken, Cornelius and our People:
Not to worry: in addition to the courts taming and teaching Trump a lesson
or two, he will FULLY learn that not only did he lose the MAJORITY vote by ...more
Cornelius Hamelberg <corneliushamelberg@gmail.com>: Jan 30 05:48AM -0800

The question popped up on Trump's twitter account : " Are we living in Nazi
Re – what you refer ...more
Kenneth Harrow <harrow@msu.edu>: Jan 30 08:47AM -0500

Agreed, bolaji

Kenneth Harrow
Dept of English and Film Studies
Michigan State University
619 Red Cedar Rd
East Lansing, MI 48824
Chidi Anthony Opara <chidi.opara@gmail.com>: Jan 30 04:29AM +0100

"How did the Dollar stay at N170 for 4 years under "massive looting of
surpluses"? How is it now at N510 under "massive savings"?"(Prince Ademola
*Chidi Anthony Opara ...more
Kennedy Emetulu <kemetulu@googlemail.com>: Jan 30 02:36PM +0100

I am quite amused by a lot of Nigerians who see the world through the foggy
prism of their national condition. Take the example of how they now view
United States and its politics. ...more
Oluwatoyin Vincent Adepoju <toyin.adepoju@gmail.com>: Jan 30 10:14AM +0100

congrats to Farooq for his courage here, but, I wonder why anything nothing
Buhari has done is unanticipated to those who have followed his history and
the ideological context in which he operates. ...more
Oluwatoyin Vincent Adepoju <toyin.adepoju@gmail.com>: Jan 30 10:09AM +0100

Interview <http://punchng.com/buhari-not-competent-govern-country-kperogi/>
<http://punchng.com/buhari-not-competent-govern-country-kperogi/> ...more
Oluwatoyin Vincent Adepoju <toyin.adepoju@gmail.com>: Jan 30 10:16AM +0100

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