I have read that the United States sees itself as Superman while the rest of the world sees it as Batman. When bad things happen, the world expects the U.S. to intervene because it has the power to do so; but like Batman, our tactics are more vigilante than superhero.
The Batman analogy is wrong. I think the way the U.S. conducts foreign policy is more like a real person than a fictional character. The U.S. tells itself its intentions are pure while cruising around the global neighborhood racially profiling regimes.
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A U.S. Apache helicopter kills a dozen unarmed men in a suburb of Baghdad. A U.S. drone kills 30 people at an Afghan wedding. Now the U.S. wants to launch cruise missiles that will no doubt kill innocent civilians to punish Syria for killing innocent civilians.
The U.S. is not Superman. The U.S. is not Batman. The U.S. is George Zimmerman. If the people of Syria want to prevent President Obama from raining missiles on their heads, I suggest they wear hoodies that read, "We are Trayvon."
John D. Morgan