Amer­ica jumps off the tiger’s back

Obama labors to en­sure the U.S. is ex­cep­tional no more

The Washington Times Daily - - Nation - By Vic­tor Davis Han­son

The United States has rid­den — and tamed — the wild global tiger since the end of World War II. The fran­tic ride has been dan­ger­ous to us, but a boon to hu­man­ity. At the same time, Amer­ica’s lead­er­ship role has been mis­rep­re­sented and mis­un­der­stood abroad and at home, in­clud­ing by some of our coun­try’s own lead­ers. Ac­cord­ingly, our cur­rent pres­i­dent, Barack Obama, has de­cided to climb down from the tiger, with the cer­tain con­se­quence that it will run wild again.

The crown­ing achieve­ment of post­war Amer­i­can pol­icy was the de­feat of Soviet com­mu­nism. Af­ter the fall of the Ber­lin Wall in 1989, Amer­ica then aimed at a “new world or­der.” There was to be no place, at least in the­ory,

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