You’d think – after the Iraq debacle and any number of lesser blunders elsewhere – that people abroad would have stopped thinking of the United States as the first responder of the world.
You’d think. Buried in the Associated Press’ coverage of demonstrators being beaten by soldiers in Myanmar was this plea from an unidentified onlooker:
“Why don’t the Americans come to help us? Why doesn’t America save us?”
The poor guy must have been watching too many documentaries on the Normandy invasion. Hasn’t he noticed that we Americans haven’t been doing a spectacular job of saving nations lately?