Is this the American ideal we’re supposed to defend?

My "favorite" comment on the thread sampled below was the suggestion that one was not American for disapproving of the supposed actions.

I shouldn't be surprised. I know from history that Americans objectify our enemies in order to build support and momentum for warfare. We did it in the Revolution. We did it in the years we fought the Native Americans.  We did it when we fought the Germans, the Japanese, the Koreans, and the Vietnamese.

We even conducted witch hunts among our own populace during the Cold War.  We continue that trend to this very day by associating people of certain political ideals with the very same Cold War enemy.  It even extends to attacks on religious ideals or lack thereof.

We're coming off as nothing better than schoolyard bullies.

Is this the American ideal we're supposed to defend?

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