“If we have to use force, it is because we
are America. We are the indispensable nation. We stand tall. We see further
into the future.”
This panegyric to what is commonly called
“American Exceptionalism” could have been composed by any of a number of
GOP-aligned media figures, such as Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, Mark Levin, or
their legions of local imitators. Those words were actually spoken by Madeleine Albright in 1998, when she was the Clinton administration’s Secretary of State. She was defending the U.S. role in enforcing
an embargo on Iraq in the aftermath of the first Gulf War in 1991.