Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice writes in the Financial Times that the American people need to be reminded that the U.S. is "not just any other country." She writes:
… we are exceptional in the clarity of our conviction that free markets and free peoples hold the key to the future, and in our willingness to act on those beliefs. Failure to do so would leave a vacuum, likely filled by those who will not champion a balance of power that favours freedom. That would be a tragedy for American interests and values and those who share them.