Dickson Igwe, Senior political contributor


Prospects for international cooperation have dwindled dramatically since 2016.

Give  thanks to US President Donald Trump’s animosity towards multilateralism.

US shirking of international responsibilities has been enacted under the slogan of “America First” and “Make America Great Again.”

What Trump never understood with his silly hubris is that all countries pursue their own  national interests. Every country wants to be great. This is  economic and strategic reality. All right thinking citizens in every country desire to keep their nations first.

Citizens and residents will  support policies that prioritize their own country’s development.

Making America great is nothing new. The US has always used the mantras of freedom and democracy to push its own interests first, to the detriment of others.

The America First approach  tramples on other countries’ interests.

The  America First doctrine has launched trade wars with major economies around the world while the US  withdraws from international and multilateral mechanisms and pacts one after another. This is causing chaos to the international order.

President Donald Trump. Photo courtesy EA World View

The US maybe rightly has threatened allies to increase their military spending. That is a reasonable demand.

However, amid the coronavirus pandemic, it blocked shipments to  countries, mostly allies, in the increasingly fraught global market for coronavirus protective equipment – thus becoming a modern pirate state.

The “America First” approach Trump has adopted to “Make America Great Again,” in fact reflects the US’ unprecedented selfishness. It basically translates into, “We don’t care about others or what happens as long as we are good.”

But it is simple unilateralism, bullying and blackmail!

However, “America First” hasn’t been able to make the US great again. The US is deeply mired with the coronavirus and profound economic woes.

Make America Great Again is a unilateralism that has actually backfired.

The US is  denounced by allies today and countries and regions around the world.

Western allies are gradually drifting away from the US alliance.

More and more countries are seeing through Trump and his hubris and are condemning the selfish, unilateral nature of the “America First” doctrine.

It’s not wrong for the US to make slogans like “America First” and “Make America Great Again.” What’s wrong is the means it has adopted to realize these goals.

“Make America Great Again” cannot be a one-man show. It cannot be separated from cooperative interaction with the world.

Believe it or not the world remains highly interconnected. Trump will never be able to win against the whole world,  by fighting against the world.

The USA will lose this war.

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