story for a little background.
Americans do not like to think of themselves are imperialists, but that is more or less what we have created since the end of World War I: an American Empire. For decades we have held sway in the Middle East, dominated nations in Latin America, and considered ourselves the "world's only superpower." We often bully our way through multi-lateral agencies such as the United Nations and the Organization of American States, but things are changing. Slowly, ever so slowly, we are coming around to the fact that this is no longer a world dominated by America or its business interests. The result? Having to deal with countries like Iran, and having to put up with leaders like Chavez and Ortega, et.al.