What would a psychiatrist call this? Delusions of grandeur?

William Blum

President Barack Obama, May 28, 2014:
Here’s my bottom line, America must always lead on the world stage. If we don’t, no one else will.

US Secretary of State John Kerry, July 8, 2014:
In my travels as secretary of state, I have seen as never before the thirst for American leadership in the world.”

Nicholas Burns, former US Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs, May 8, 2014:
Where is American power and leadership when the world needs it most?

Mitt Romney, Republican Party candidate for President, September 13, 2012:
The world needs American leadership. The Middle East needs American leadership and I intend to be a president that provides the leadership that America respects and keep us admired throughout the world.

Paul Ryan, Congressman, Republican Party candidate for Vice President, September 12, 2012:
We need to be reminded that the world needs American leadership.

John McCain, Senator, September 9, 2012:
The situation in Syria and elsewhere ‘cries out for American leadership’.

Hillary Clinton, September 8, 2010:
Let me say it clearly: The United States can, must, and will lead in this new century. Indeed, the complexities and connections of today’s world have yielded a new American Moment — a moment when our global leadership is essential, even if we must often lead in new ways.

Senator Barack Obama, April 23, 2007:
In the words of President Franklin Roosevelt, we lead the world in battling immediate evils and promoting the ultimate good. I still believe that America is the last, best hope of Earth.

Gallup poll, 2013:

Question asked:
Which country do you think is the greatest threat to peace in the world today?

United States 24%
Pakistan 8%
China 6%
Afghanistan, Iran, Israel, North Korea, each 5%
India, Iraq, Japan, each 4%
Syria 3%
Russia 2%
Australia, Germany, Palestinian territories, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, South Korea, UK, each 1%


William Blum is the author of:

Killing Hope: US Military and CIA Interventions Since World War 2
Rogue State: A Guide to the World's Only Superpower
West-Bloc Dissident: A Cold War Memoir
Freeing the World to Death: Essays on the American Empire

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