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The Fallacy of the One Hundred Days

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Submitted by M Tovey (United States), May 8, 2017 at 18:22

Like an arbitrary 'line in the sand,' where is the validation that an arbitrary 100 days is going to set a sense of direction of any American policy guidelines that will define the remainder of the current presidency and potentially set a target of goal changing if the direction is going to run afoul of what might be considered best for America. Bush II's first 100 days did not prepare America for 9-11, now did it? Who would have thought the impotency of Clinton's foreign policy would have precipitated further conflagrations with the already agitated Islamic community after Clinton was out, but the connection is unmistakable.
The same is true here. President Trump is in not position to anticipate the intrigues of the former 44th Chief Executive's baited traps of subterfuge with Islamic extremists and other anti-American sentiments rife within the American political machinery and the inability of any of the pundits to 'figure Trump out' bears out this exasperation.

There are many of the pronouncements of President Trump that still require the vetting of truth; but the one that will be the most telling in the world of political capital will be the eventual moving of the American Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. It is bound top happen; for if nothing else will trip up the 'Palestinian' narrative of claiming Jerusalem for Islam, this will. Several immediate political altercations wait in the wings for this-the consequences of this will be unmistakable; one will be the President Trump visit; the other will be the Roman Catholic Pontiff and his prelates.
This will overtake all the issues that the first hundred days could have never anticipated.

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