The Myth of American Exceptionalism
That the USA is and always has been a force for good in the world is part of what makes the nation unique -- an exception to the general rule of national self-interest followed by other countries. This is part of the myth of "American Exceptionalism" that passes for common sense among politicians and mainstream media figures. Steven M. Walt systematically exposes the falsehoods in the myth, point by point, in this piece read here by the Old Mole's Tom Becker. You can find the whole text here.