Summary: As an afterword to the campaign, Marcus Ranum takes a look at American Exceptionalism. While either false or daft as a doctrine, every presidential candidate had to profess allegiance to it.
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Exceptionalism in Action
Not every nation’s leaders display this level of hypocrisy and dishonesty.
“Countries or individuals that engage in cyber attacks should face consequences and international condemnation. … By reinforcing that message, we can create norms of behavior among states and encourage respect for the global networked commons.”
— Hillary Clinton, US Secretary of State, in January 2010 (Source: Washington Post)
“The United States is fighting a cyber-war today, and we are losing. It’s that simple.”
— Mike McConnell, in February 2010. As DNI (2007-09) he probably approved development Stuxnet. (Source: Washington Post)
For More Information about American Exceptionalism
- Look in the mirror at America and see the world brotherhood, 30 October 2012
Articles about our exceptionalism:
- “How American Exceptionalism Dooms U.S. Foreign Policy“, Morton Abramowitz, National Interest, 22 October 2012
- “American Exceptionalism Has Become Exceptionally Stale“, Ishaan Tharoor, TIME, 24 October 2012
- “The Myth of American Exceptionalism“, Stephen M. Walt, Foreign Policy, November 2011 — “The idea that the United States is uniquely virtuous may be comforting to Americans. Too bad it’s not true.”