President Obama solemnly informed a Russian audience the other day that "State sovereignty must be a cornerstone of international order".
This is a bit rich, coming from the leader of a country which since 1890 has made more than one hundred incursions (many of them military) into the territory of other states. The full list is here; it does not include the systematic US economic penetration and domination of many sovereign countries described by John Perkins in Confessions of an Economic Hit Man, or the global ring of American military bases established on foreign soil – including that of the United Kingdom - on the pretext of ‘defence’.
President Obama, unlike his abysmal predecessor, is an intelligent and well-educated man, and now he occupies the highest office he must be more familiar than most with the inside history of American imperialism during the twentieth century.
Why, then, does he adopt such a hypocritical tone? If state sovereignty and the integrity of independent states was indeed the cornerstone of American policy, there would have been no invasion of Iraq just to cite the most obvious instance. Nor would there have been a United States of America, because the colonists would not have presumed to rebel against the government of George III, nor would the North have fought a bloody civil war to prevent the secession of the Southern states who wished to leave the Union.
If the USA aspires to be an acceptable leader of the Western ‘free’ world, it should do some long overdue heart-searching and adopt a tone of greater humility and less blatant humbug when it lectures others on their shortcomings.