Perhaps not the best choice of words by American ex-pat, Meghan McBride, writing in defence of Donald Trump and the United States’ Republican Party in today’s Irish Times newspaper:
“I believe in American hegemony. To those who question the value of American superpower, I ask who else can act as a broker for freedom around the world. Europe is not resourced enough. Freedom is not free and therefore hard power is sometimes needed. Exercising soft diplomacy, or even retreat, is the recipe of the western liberal order and look at what we have: Islamic State, homegrown terrorism in the West, an undaunted and unruly Putin, a deal with Iran that weakens the US, a US ambassador and his staff dead in Benghazi, and what is promising to be a failed negotiation of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership.”
“Hegemony: Leadership or dominance, especially by one state or social group over others: Germany was united under Prussian hegemony after 1871“
As for Benghazi, this poignant article by Andrew O’Hehir for Salon says it all.