The difference is that the US despite it's mistakes does much more to be an anchor for the world than any of you give it credit for.
Really Knoell? Anchor? You do know our governments purpose has been destabilization of various regions. Anchor for ourselves, yes. But let's not delude ourselves, the complete and total opposite of anchor for the rest of the world.
Does an anchor ignore international law? Law that they set up? Invade nations at will?
Does an anchor destabilize democratically elected governments in it's own
backyard (and elsewhere of course)?
Does an anchor support dictators against the will of the population?
Does an anchor support the training of torturers, human rights abusers, and terrorists?
Does an anchor stonewall moves toward secularism and foment religious zealotry?
Does an anchor sell weapons to armies and militias in civil conflicts which commit horrendous atrocities?
Does an anchor harbor terrorists and refuse to extradite them?
Does an anchor spread radioactive material all over foreign lands which cause major birth defects in newborns? And refuse to clean it up?
Does an anchor force UN sanctions (which even its allies oppose) that MURDER 3000 children (only counting age 5 and under) a month for 10 years?
Not surprising that you would be ignorant of the above. (Read the quote in my sig.) If you contest any of those points or want more info, let me know. I'd be glad to inform.