Americans have been accepted throughout the world as saviors and as villains. Our past includes episodes of greatness and questionable actions. History is the means to look backwards permitting evaluation of our decisions and actions.
In large measure, America has been the guardian of democracy, freedom and goodness. We have made errors, yet our balance sheet is greater good than not. We have fought for the freedoms of others, to combat tyranny and oppression.
The American Cemetery in Normandy has over 9,000 of our servicemen and women. Foreign lands have over 130,000 of our combat losses, who paid the ultimate sacrifice serving this nation.
If asked, many Americans would believe the U.S. has had armed conflict with Russia. Yet no war has had Americans fighting Russians. Our national leaders have secured peace between our countries even at a time that both have the power of annihilating the other.
President Donald Trump stated to Vladimir Putin that our current bad relationship with Russia is due to, “many years of U.S. foolishness and stupidity and now the Russian witch hunt.”
Presidents from Truman, Eisenhower to Obama, Reagan and George H. Bush stood up to and ended the Soviet enslavement of Eastern Europe and said no to the Russian invasion of Crimea. Trump has disdained American greatness.
Trump has granted Putin America’s blessings to invade his neighbors and destroy the structures of the Atlantic Allegiance that has awarded the world with peace since the end of the Second World War.