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Consider the disaster of American foreign policy under President Donald Trump.Similarly, after arming Kurdish militias to fight Daesh (ISIS) on its behalf, the U.S. has stood by and watched Turkey attack those same men and women.As in Vietnam, America had to destroy the city in order to save it.In Israel, the U.S. has effectively allied itself with the settler movement and the far-right government, thus rejecting the old Zionist dream of "little Israel".All told, the U.S. has alienated some of its closest allies, weakened the NATO alliance and become a bigoted and xenophobic presence on the world stage. For example, the U.S. was wrong to invade Iraq in 2003, but it was right to join the fight against Daesh and to rescue the Yazidis from a massacre.It was also wrong to call for the overthrow of Syrian President Bashar Assad's regime, because the forces opposed to Assad lacked the necessary popular support, and the U.S. was not prepared to help them win that support. An old tenet of leftist ideology holds that hegemonic capitalist countries like the U.S. can never act well in the world.In fact, the U.S. can do good things in the world, and sometimes does.
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