Well, well, well, the vodka and caviar must have been flowing throughout the Kremlin last night! Because today, in an brazen Op-Ed in the New York Times, Vladimir Putin wrote a letter directed to the American people in which he expressed his discontent of America’s use of military force as a form of foreign policy for the purpose of settling international disputes. Apparently, Putin is seizing an opportunity to stir up the pot in the U.S. Syria saga. Here’s a taste:
“It is alarming that military intervention in internal conflicts in foreign countries has become commonplace for the United States. Is it in America’s long-term interest? I doubt it. Millions around the world increasingly see America not as a model of democracy but as relying solely on brute force, cobbling coalitions together under the slogan “you’re either with us or against us.”
Wait! The hits just keep on coming! Granted, that statement alone would have been enough to warrant a significant response from the POTUS. However, Russian leader and former head of the KGB took a step further and reprimanded U.S. President Obama for expressing “American Exceptionalism” in his speech to the American people on Tuesday September 10,2013.
“I would rather disagree with a case he made on American Exceptionalism, stating that the United States’ policy is “what makes America different. It’s what makes us exceptional.” It is extremely dangerous to encourage people to see themselves as exceptional, whatever the motivation. There are big countries and small countries, rich and poor, those with long democratic traditions and those still finding their way to democracy.”
Admittedly, after reading such a harsh criticism of America and its foreign relations, I researched the history of the American sense of privilege that, in a phrase “pisses off the world” and makes them hate the land of the free and home of the brave. I addressed this same issue briefly in another post earlier this week titled “End of An Error”. Surprisingly, many people are surprised by these criticisms so my next post could possibly be aptly titled: “Why the World Hates You So Much”. I’m not sure, the jury is still out. For now, nibble on a this little tid-bit of information on the historic stimulus of the “American Exceptionalism” Vladimir Putin so passionately criticized.
Since the early settlers reached its shores and America began its growth and expansion, it was apparent that the concept of America and its freedoms were far too grand to be held within its physical borders. Undoubtedly, the one sole mitigating factor that inspired and emboldened America with the audacity to venture beyond its borders was Manifest Destiny.
This Nineteenth-century American proposed philosophy was the belief in the inalienable right of the United States to expand its western frontier from the Atlantic to Pacific oceans, “from sea to shining sea,” and claim the entire North American continent for itself. Manifest Destiny was an adopted American doctrine expressed in many ways.
One expression in particular proclaimed America to be limitless. John O’Sullivan’s 1839 publication of the Democratic Review said: “We are the nation of human progress, and who will, what can, set limits to our onward march? . . . The far-reaching, the boundless future will be an era of American greatness”. This notion of privilege and ownership is the spirit of America. It is evident throughout history and remains the essential attribute of the nation.