According to super busy Professor Stephen Walt (it's true! Aside from high priesting Realpolitik/Realism's risible slide from the last millennium's corrupt amoral cult of stability to a new school of thoughtlessness that preaches weakling weakness, immoral isolationism and pining for the good old days of 1909, Dr Walt is also a teacher, writer as well as THE premier Great AND Little Satan hating, anti war - any war doofus grande') it's all about the booty - uh body - count.In this regards - 1st glance would seem like Great Satan is nothing more than one giant 4 armed mohammedist killing machine!
While the figures are certainly open for debate (example - does Dr W credit Great Satan with all those poor m'hammedists incinerated when creeps blew up the Gold Dome mosque in Iraq?) assume they are correct for the following sexercise:
"Contrary to what Friedman thinks, our real problem isn't a fictitious Muslim "narrative" about America's role in the region; it is mostly the actual things we have been doing in recent years. To say that in no way justifies anti-American terrorism or absolves other societies of responsibility for their own mistakes or misdeeds.
"The self-righteousness on display in Friedman's op-ed isn't just simplistic; it is actively harmful.
"Why? Because whitewashing our own misconduct makes it harder for Americans to figure out why their country is so unpopular and makes us less likely to consider different (and more effective) approaches.
Rescuing perishing mohammedists whose homeland was swept out to sea (on Xmas day - no less) Great Satan's globe prowling Navy was on scene with salvation.
Great Satan's 30 year in the future military fields the most high tech, humanitarian, all weather killers of killers in world history, deploying intelligent, precision weaponry, the ultimate in communications and battlefield meds.
This actually reflects the super low numbers of casualities compared to Iran, Iraq, Pyramidland and Russia who racked up way more mohammedist casualities in traditional combat ops than the rest of the world combined.
Yet those mass killer nation states are warmly appreciated in any endeavor with a certain power bloc
It may be high time for 'the American Narrative'