American exceptionalism: Is there a moral high ground?



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American exceptionalism: Is there a moral high ground?
Wednesday, May 23, 2007

The following are excerpts from a running discussion among American foreign policy experts in response to Anne-Marie Slaughter's "Reviving America's ideals" (Views, May 18).

With the best will in the world, I don't understand how Anne-Marie Slaughter can believe that an America that would "walk humbly with God" has anything to do with the America of today - an America that is as arrogant as it is complacent. Adherence to the idea of American exceptionalism is simply incompatible with a constructive role for the United States. And yet Slaughter's entire argument, for all its talk of the need for humility, is a reiteration of this "exceptionalist" conception.



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