The Doctrine That Never Died, por Tom Wolfe no NYT de hoje, sobre as origens do messianismo americano e a actualização da doutrina Monroe pelos vários presidentes e secretários de Estado, passando por Theodore Roosevelt até Bush Jr.
For the mission – the messianic mission! – has never shrunk in the slightest … which brings us back to the pretty preambles and the solemn rhetorical throat-clearing … the parts always omitted from the textbooks as superfluous. "America's vital interests and our deepest beliefs are now one," President Bush said. He added, "From the day of our founding, we have proclaimed that every man and woman on this earth has rights, and dignity, and matchless value, because they bear the image of the maker of heaven and earth."
David Gelernter, the scientist and writer, argues that "Americanism" is a fundamentally religious notion shared by an incredibly varied population from every part of the globe and every conceivable background, all of whom feel that they have arrived, as Ronald Reagan put it, at a "shining city upon a hill." God knows how many of them just might agree with President Bush – and Theodore Roosevelt – that it is America's destiny and duty to bring that salvation to all mankind.