The NYT’s newest columnist, Vladimir “Bad Vlad” Putin:
My working and personal relationship with President Obama is marked by growing trust. I appreciate this. I carefully studied his 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.
I agree with Vladimir. It is not our policy that makes us exceptional and it is a bad thing to encourage people to see themselves as exceptional. That where an overdeveloped sense of entitlement comes from.
We should encourage people to BE exceptional. We are not exceptional because we’re Americans. If we want America to be exceptional then we have to make America exceptional.
This, on the other hand, is exceptionally stupid:
The CIA has begun delivering weapons to rebels in Syria, ending months of delay in lethal aid that had been promised by the Obama administration, according to U.S. officials and Syrian figures. The shipments began streaming into the country over the past two weeks, along with separate deliveries by the State Department of vehicles and other gear — a flow of material that marks a major escalation of the U.S. role in Syria’s civil war.
It takes a lot of chutzpah to get up in front of the whole nation and talk about the humanitarian crisis of dead children killed in a civil war when you are supplying some of the guns and bombs that are killing them.
The obvious response of Russia and Iran will be to increase military aid to Bashar al-Assad. Then even more children will die, and we will be morally culpable just as if we killed them ourselves.
Last but not least is the hypocrisy of Barack Obama arming rebels in Syria while trying to disarm American citizens here at home.