The whirling sinkhole of DC’s realpolitik peddlers took umbrage to President Putin’s Op-Ed in the New York Times. Not to be outdone, our resident poker-playing warmonger John McCain (who apparently sees himself and not President Obama as America’s leader) vowed to respond by penning an Op-Ed in Russia’s “Pravda”. McCain’s rhetoric is unlikely to have anywhere near the same impact as President Putin’s impassioned, well-reasoned diplomatic appeal to the American people.
What really gets the goat of our indignant politicos is Putin’s jab at the stance of American exceptionalism. How dare anyone suggest that we’re not special? Let’s examine the way Exceptional America conducted itself during the last few decades.
1944-1945 – The U.S. burns hundreds of thousands of Japanese civilians to death with napalm. During the March 9, 1945 Tokyo raid, 339 American bombers flew in at low altitude, dropping 690,000 pounds of napalm within an hour, killing over 100,000 civilians. The U.S. continued to pummel 64 of Japan’s largest cities until its stocks of napalm ran out, incinerating more Japanese than the atom bombs.