File - President Barack Obama deliverers the commencement address to the U.S. Military Academy at West Point's Class of 2014, in West Point, N.Y., Wednesday, May 28, 2014. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
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America will remain the world's "one indispensable nation" for the next century and spread peace and prosperity around the globe.The belief that America is the greatest state on earth, an article of faith for most Americans, collides with the sober statistics of international comparisons.The United States came out on top. In a follow-up survey a quarter century later, the U.S. came 16th as the best country to be born in. A report last year by the United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF) compared the percentage of children living in poverty in 35 developed countries. The U.S. came 34th, ahead only of Romania. With an average lifespan of 78 years, the U.S. is in 33rd place out of 189 countries.American presidents tend to stay away from statistics that challenge the notion that the U.S. leads the world.
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