In The Myth of American Exceptionalism Stephen Walsh explains how the strong nationalism in the US leads to us lying to ourselves about the importance of the United States. As Americans, we generally view the United States as by far the most important country in the world. He uses five different points to prove how American Exceptionalism is really just a myth. First Walsh says that American Exceptionalism is actually nothing special, and uses the British and other colonial powers, to try and show that American Exceptionalism is no different. However, I believe this not to be true, he claims that we are just “They are simply the latest nation to sing a familiar old song” yet, the other examples that Walsh uses didn’t have the same global connectivity that we have today. The United States is the world’s only true superpower, and there are certain duties only a superpower has.
Walsh also says that there is another myth that the United States is responsible for most of the good in the world. I definitely agree with Walsh in that the United States is not responsible for most of the good in the world. However, Walsh uses dismantling Nazi Germany as one of the examples of American Exceptionalism. He states, “For starters, though Americans watching Saving Private Ryan or Patton may conclude that the United States played the central role in vanquishing Nazi Germany, most of the fighting was in Eastern Europe and the main burden of defeating Hitler’s war machine was borne by the Soviet Union.” Yet, the United States did have a very big role in defeating Nazi Germany. Yes it is true that the fighting happened in Europe, but the Lend Lease Program was very important in helping the British stop the Nazis advances in Western Europe.