Those who were morally bold during the election campaign were curiously silent about the growing world-wide concern for American arrogance. It isn’t just the “go it alone” approach to combating terrorism, it’s the “we’re right and you’re wrong,” “we’ll define the reality you will live with,” “we can, so we will,” and “who needs them?” words, actions, and policies that are being perpetrated around the world by our government. “Empire” is a word now frequently used by both allies and enemies. Our President says he has “political capital” to spend at home, but American actions over the past four years have placed our nation in major “international diplomatic deficit” and “goodwill liability.”
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