The American thing is not just an idealism.
"The first thing a man will do for his ideals is lie."Because one of America's ideals is Truth, the real American speaks the truth, and the last thing he will do for the Truth is lie.
-- J.A. Schumpeter
But because we do not have a continuity of ideals in Washington D.C., but seem rather to oscillate from American to Socialist on an irregular basis, the effect of the selling-out of our friends in and around Iraq is that America gets judged as just another idealism, and just as full of lies. But American foreign policy failure is not the fault of the American ideal. It isn't Eisenhower's fault or Nixon's fault or Reagan's fault or Bush's fault. It's Democrats' fault.
Somebody besides me does remember the end of the Vietnam war. Good old Bruce Herschensohn even wrote a book telling the truth about the Vietnam war: An American Amnesia: How the U.S. Congress Forced the Surrenders of South Vietnam and Cambodia (Beaufort Books, 2010). The Paris Peace Accords were signed in January 1973; the Republic of (South) Vietnam surrendered to the communists on 30 April 1975 -- the picture of the "last helicopter out of Saigon" comes to mind. Such a turnaround. And all due to the Democrat-controlled 94th Congress pulling the plug on our friends. Then came the Vietnamese boat people and all the rest. At least the Democrats were able to turn the lie into something "everyone knows": Nixon lost the war in Vietnam, it was a defeat for America. No, we won the war. Congress lost the peace. It was a defeat for the people of Vietnam and freedom-loving people everywhere.
The similarities to the scenario unfolding in Iraq are chilling.