To these misguided creatures, Morgenthau provided an answer. A serious scholar, he recognized that America has consistently violated its "transcendent purpose."
But to bring up this objection, he explains, is to commit "the error of atheism, which denies the validity of religion on similar grounds." It is the transcendent purpose of America that is "reality"; the actual historical record is merely "the abuse of reality."
What if this is not unique to the US, but simply the mantle of a nation state? Perhaps this is the nature of centralized organization. As Chomsky demonstrates, there's plenty of US examples. But are there counter-examples, or only those that lack the means?