This article is superb: http://www.nytimes.com/2011/01/31/opinion/31douthat.html
There is a kind of imperialistic arrogance that exists in the U.S. on both the left and the right. Each side criticizes the other for allegedly allowing some international event or crisis to take place: “If only the U.S. had done things our way, not yours, then all would have turned out well.”
Yet the reality is different. We have much less control of events than we think. The U.S. cannot determine what others do, especially when social media and internet technology allow open information flow. We need to take a more humble approach to foreign policy and stop assuming that we are omnipotent.
Here is the link to my original comment at the New York Times: http://community.nytimes.com/comments/www.nytimes.com/2011/01/31/opinion/31douthat.html?sort=oldest
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