The CIA torture report poses a real challenge to American exceptionalism

On torture, America really blew it. But at Fox News, Democrats are just trying to "show us how we're not awesome."

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I think the United States of America is exceptional. American exceptionalism is a little harder to swallow.

As I understand it, American exceptionalism proclaims that the United States stands athwart history, yelling "Stop!" It is a country like no other, the world's first and longest-lasting democratic republic, a beacon of liberty, a superpower impervious to the fate that befell Rome and the Ottomans.

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