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Thursday, November 14, 2013

America shrugs off its world leader role -- By Victor Davis Hanson, The Washington Times

Illustration by Alexander Hunter for The Washington Times (Illustration by Alexander Hunter, The Washington Times)


Obama labors to ensure the U.S. is exceptional no more

The United States has ridden — and tamed — the wild global tiger since the end of World War II. The frantic ride has been dangerous to us, but a boon to humanity. At the same time, America's leadership role has been misrepresented and misunderstood abroad and at home, including by some of our country's own leaders. Accordingly, our current president, Barack Obama, has decided to climb down from the tiger, with the certain consequence that it will run wild again.

The crowning achievement of postwar American policy was the defeat of Soviet communism. After the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989, America then aimed at a "new world order." There was to be no place, at least in theory, for renegade dictators like Saddam Hussein or Slobodan Milosevic. After Sept. 11, 2001, the United States declared a "war on terrorism" and led an international effort to stop Osama bin Laden, al Qaeda and Islamist jihadists.

Despite the occasional mishaps, setbacks and errant strategies, U.S. leadership nonetheless ensured worldwide free commerce, travel and communications. When it could, America promoted free-market economies and democracy in authoritarian states.

Our key allies — the United Kingdom and its former commonwealth, Europe, Japan, South Korea and Israel — were assured of our unwavering support and got rich. Neutrals and enemies alike assumed that it was as unwise to be on the wrong side of America as it was beneficial to be on friendly terms.

The Obama administration apparently has tired of the global order that American power created. The president seems determined that America should become unexceptional, and his five-year-long efforts are now bearing fruit. The result is that no one knows where global violence will break out next, much less who will stop it.

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