Damned if we don't.
Mark Steyn over at NRO sums up the expectations of noblesse oblige from America that the rest of the world demands.
Americans are either crass consumers of the world's resources and blamed for global warming or Americans are desperately needed consumers of the world's resources in order to economically prop up every other country's economy on the planet.
We are the protectors and destroyers of the world and no matter which we do, they will still sneer at us.
My knee-jerk reaction is "American isolation today, American isolation tomorrow, American isolation forever" just to yank their chains. But let's face it, we need the world - not as much as they need us, but we still need them.
I still wish for a little gratitude though....
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