...the letter killeth, but the spirit giveth life...

Sunday, February 5, 2017

America + Violence = The March of Freedom

Much as it pains me to write this, as I remain dismayed and mystified by his election to the presidency, Trump has pointed out a painful reality about U.S. foreign policy: When asked by Bill O'Reilly how he can admire "a killer" like Putin, Trump responded, "What, you think our country's so innocent?"

As this report suggests, the U.S. is a lot less innocent than we claim to be, and we don't claim, primarily, to be innocent--just exceptional. One difference between Trump and Obama is that Trump may claim this lack of innocence as pretense for ratcheting up U.S. aggression. And yet we've been pretty highly ratcheted up for sixty+ years, now. Trump won't be winning the Nobel Peace Prize anytime soon. Obama should have rejected it.

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