Be Nice and They Will Like YouOne of the liberal theories on how the United States should behave in the world is that we ought to be nice to the rest of the world, and then the world will like us more and treat us better.
The first assumption is that we aren't already being nice. The second assumption is that the world operates on this level. If you are nice to a country, that country will like you and treat you well.
I would argue that there has never been a country in the history of the world who is nicer to other countries than the U.S. is. From helping save the world in WWI and WWII to the Marshall Plan, to disaster relief, to money for charity, America leads the way.
There have been times in our past when we have meddled in the affairs of other countries, even to the point of trying to sway elections and up to and including assassinations. Those days are over and we live in a different world. It is a mistake to judge previous generations using present-day standards. The world is always evolving and, hopefully, growing more mature.
America at WarEvery war we have entered has had a noble cause, from Vietnam to Korea to Iraq. These three wars were less than conclusive in their results. Maybe tactics and strategies were wrong, but the intent always was to help these countries and their people. We were not there to take over their lands. This automatically makes the United States nicer than all of the superpowers in history. Can you imagine Rome not annexing a foe, or Napoleon's France giving money to a conquered Germany, or Hitler setting up an independent Austria?
Evil AmericaThe left has a long laundry list of things the U.S. is doing now to harm the world. The problem with their list, again, is that each point they make relies on conspiracy theories, things that go on behind closed doors, and negative assumptions about intent.
The Iraq WarThe truth and the verified facts about Iraq, for example, are;
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