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Trump brings back ‘The Ugly American’ - 31 Dec 2017 20:48

By: Chege Mbitiru

A year of US President Donald Trump administration seems to indicate the era of “The Ugly American” is creeping back. For the moment, Trump and his representative at the United Nations, which as presidential candidate the year before derisively dismissed as a talking shop, Nikki Haley, are at the forefront. Preceding modesty examples, an explanation of “The Ugly American” origin fits. It’s a title of a 1958 bestseller two male Americans with naval background authored. In the political novel, the authors depicted how American officials and citizens were failing to make substantial differences in Southeast Asia. With the Cold War raging between the capitalist West and communist East, respectively led by the United States and the Soviet Union, the region, and elsewhere, was for grab. The “Commies,” were winning. That’s because, the story went, “The Ugly American” disdained local languages, customs and even regional military tactics. LOCALS To the “The ...
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