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WHY SHOULDN'T U. S. DEFEND OUR INTERESTS?

The Jan. 29 News article, "U.S. "exceptionalism' may breed resentment," was one-sided and biased to the point of absurdity. Every "expert" quoted, along with the writer himself, bashed the new State Department without one voice arguing for unilateralism. In fact, exceptionalism operates from the seemingly obvious doctrine that the American system works, and we must defend our interests.

For example, there are numerous rogue states that could decide a missile attack on Los Angeles is a viable strategic option. Why, then, is a national missile defense program so controversial?

The News should stop its attempt to put Colin Powell and the State Department on the defensive, and instead recognize that America is the only superpower for a reason. If we're not going to take charge, who will? Belgium?

ANTHONY BIALY

Kenmore

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