On Friday’s edition of The McLaughlin Group, conservative commentator Pat Buchanan said people all over the world are “sick of hearing” Americans talk about exceptionalism.
In commenting on Russian President Vladimir Putin’s recent New York Times editorial, host John McLaughlin asked: Why did President Putin seize on the stated American value of exceptionalism?
“From the hysterical reaction in [Washington, D.C.] to Putin’s op-ed piece, he put this one right down the smokestack,” Buchanan replied before adding:
“What he did is he keyed off what Obama said on exceptionalism and he countered it with an argument which people all over the world believe. They are sick of hearing Americans talk about ‘we are the indispensable nation,’ as Madeline Albright said. ‘We see further than ours, that’s why we can use force.’ ‘We are the sheriff of the world, we are first, we are leaders.’”
Buchanan then implies that “half of the United States” feels the same way: “He’s not only appealing to the people of the world, he is appealing to that half of the United States to whom Barack Obama himself was appealing. So, I think he hit home.”
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