May 20th, 2018

Ending America’s War of Choice in the Middle East

The United States of America has long viewed itself as an exceptional nation, even as God’s New Israel, sent to redeem the world. This view has bipartisan support, with deep roots in the country’s history, culture, and religious traditions. Recent paeans to American exceptionalism include Ronald Reagan’s description of America as “the shining city on the hill,” and Madeleine Albright’s as the “indispensable nation.” Reagan was harking back to Puritan leader John Winthrop, who quoted Jesus (Matthew 5:14) in declaring the colonial settlements as “a city upon the hill,” with the world’s eyes upon it. American exceptionalism has been called the nation’s civic religion.

One part of American exceptionalism is relentless war, causing historian Harry S. Stout to declare that “the norm of American national life is war.” He counts more than 280 “military interventions and nuclear standoffs on every corner of the globe,” plus 29 wars with the country’s indigenous peoples…

Read the full article from the Center for International Relations and Sustainable Development.


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