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The Twin Dangers of Exceptionalism and Mindless Bi-Partisanship

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  • There is no sign of a role for diplomacy in the Trump administration’s national security policy, and no strategist within the administration who is able to reverse the hostile course we are on with both Moscow and Beijing. Pompeo and Bolton are perfect examples of bulls who carry around their own china shops.
  • Related: David Swanson Discusses “Curing American Exceptionalism.”

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Melvin Goodman, Counterpunch

June 13, 2019 | The United States is the most powerful nation on earth.  There is no nation nor even a group of nations that can match the combined political, economic, and military power of the United States.  Nevertheless, the United States faces an international arena that has become increasingly resistant and opposed to U.S. initiatives.  The blundering of Donald Trump and his mediocre national security team is largely responsible for the setbacks over the past two years.  But U.S. exceptionalism and even political bipartisanship carry a heavy responsibility as well.

The problem of U.S. exceptionalism is conventional wisdom in many circles.  Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright is well known for her arrogant description of an exceptional United States that “stands taller and sees further than other nations. If we have to use force, it is because we are America; we are the indispensable nation.”  In his State of the Union address in January 2012, President Barack Obama echoed Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush in labeling the United States the only “indispensable” nation.  The misuse of American force over the past five decades in Vietnam, Iraq, Libya, and Afghanistan speaks to the tragedy of our self-proclaimed status of exceptionalism.

Melvin Goodman, the national security columnist for Counterpunch, is a senior fellow at the Center for International Policy and a professor of government at Johns Hopkins University.  A former CIA analyst, Goodman is the author of Failure of Intelligence: The Decline and Fall of the CIA and National Insecurity: The Cost of American Militarism. and A Whistleblower at the CIA. His forthcoming book is American Carnage: Donald Trump’s War on Intelligence” (City Lights Publishers, 2019).  

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Related:

David Swanson Discusses “Curing American Exceptionalism.” David Swanson, Opednews  /  Rise Up Times

  • http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/default/files/David%20Swanson%20%7C%20Curing%20American%20Exceptionalism.jpgU.S. exceptionalism, the idea that the United States of America is superior to other nations, is no more fact-based and no less harmful than racism, sexism, and other forms of bigotry.
  • Curing Exceptionalism: What’s wrong with how we think about the United States? What can we do about it?


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