I begin with Mr. Putin’s disagreement regarding the exceptionalism of the United States of America. I could not more strongly disagree with him. While he is correct that God created every human being as an equal in His eyes, clearly the results of each of our efforts on this earth, individually and collectively, are not equal.Then he goes on to lie. Rand attacks Putin's NYT op-ed andwrites:
The United States until now has resisted arming one side of the Syrian civil war – all the while the other side has been armed by Russia.Perhaps the phrase "until now" is a typical Rand word dance so he can claim he is not lying, but the fact of the matter is, as WaPo reports, the US is arming Syrian rebels.
And while in the U.S., spying, taxing and regulating of its people continues to expand and foreign military adventures continue, Rand ignores all this and states:
American is indeed exceptional. Our history has proved it so. While we all share the same Creator, we do not all share the same richness of history regarding human rights, freedom and democracy. There has been in the past 200 years a city on the hill that has shone brighter than all others. We will not be ashamed of that. May God allow us to continue to model this example to the world in these difficult times.
Rand is quite simply one popular war away from being an out an out jingoist.