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Does the United States Enjoy Privileged Status?

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Despite any issues, the attempt by President Obama to reach out to Iran was still a success. Even if you take the harshest interpretation of the harshest Iranian response, you can feel coming through in the words that even the hard-line among the Iranians have a fair amount of hope for a new relationship.

Secretary Hillary Clinton's State Department should spend some time thinking about what to do about this real or perceived privilege gap and how it will play into some of the administration's more complex diplomatic initiatives. It's fine to believe your country is the best in the world. It's important to remember, however, that most people in the world are patriotic and think that their country is the best and most righteous. It is a problem to have that cute belief influence diplomatic initiatives and it's important not to convey a difference in privilege and past prejudices during negotiations and attempts to reach out to countries with whom we have had troubled relations. It's even better if we can work to eliminate the privileged air and lack of fairness in everything we do as a nation.

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A political blogger for the International Business Times, Steve Leser is a hot national political pundit. He has appeared on MSNBC's Coundown with Keith Olbermann, Comedy Central's Daily Show with Jon Stewart and Russia Today's (RT) Crosstalk with (more...)

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You made some interesting points in your article.&... by lwarman on Friday, Mar 27, 2009 at 11:35:56 AM
This is a question best posed of the Right Wing. ... by Sister Begonia on Friday, Mar 27, 2009 at 2:49:45 PM
We Americans are, indeed, the high and mighty - th... by Michael McCoy on Friday, Mar 27, 2009 at 12:53:12 PM
Well said. Kudos!... by Sister Begonia on Friday, Mar 27, 2009 at 2:54:32 PM
It's called HYPOCRISY in one word.  This ... by Sister Begonia on Friday, Mar 27, 2009 at 2:47:13 PM
I travel quite a bit and come in contact with all ... by Mad Jayhawk on Friday, Mar 27, 2009 at 2:59:49 PM
You are changing the basic argument of the article... by Steven Leser on Friday, Mar 27, 2009 at 3:09:30 PM
You are looking for an argument and I wasn't m... by Mad Jayhawk on Saturday, Mar 28, 2009 at 12:00:17 AM
and doesnt belong as a response to my article. If ... by Steven Leser on Wednesday, Apr 1, 2009 at 6:28:06 PM