In this controversial critique, Anatol Lieven contends that U.S. foreign policy since 9/11 has been shaped by the special character of its national identity, which embraces two contradictory features. Firstly, a civic nationalism that espouses liberty and democracy. Secondly, a defensive nationalism fed by pessimism and with its roots in a sense of personal, social and religious defeat. At best difficult to reconcile, these opposing pulls have gravely undermined U.S. credibility in the Middle East, and have complicated the war on terrorism.
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