The U.S. Is Not Us

International relations should be based on reciprocity. Dealings with the U.S., however, have become a one-way street. In his first days as President, George W. Bush threatened to unilaterally nullify both the Antiballistic Missile Treaty and the Kyoto Protocol on climate change. And even as he pushed through a $1.35 trillion tax cut at home, he balked at paying the $1.5 billion the U.S. owes the United Nations in membership dues.

Uncle Sam is creating the impression that he will not hesitate to sacrifice others' interests in the name of protecting his own. After the Sept. 11 attacks,...

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