PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA: "America is not the world’s policeman. Terrible
things happen across the globe, and it is beyond our means to right every
wrong. But when, with modest effort and risk, we can stop children from being
gassed to death, and thereby make our own children safer over the long run, I
believe we should act. That’s what makes America different. That’s what makes
us exceptional. With humility, but with resolve, let us never lose sight of that
"I carefully studied [President Barack Obama's] address to the nation on
Tuesday. And 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. Their
policies differ, too. We are all different, but when we ask for the Lord’s
blessings, we must not forget that God created us equal."
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