Oct 1, 2022 - 5 min
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Hypocrisy has long been a component of US foreign policy — the Capitol riot doesn’t change that. "At best, Americans have defended democratic values overseas because they realised the fragility of their own democracy and believed it would be more secure in a more democratic world. Over the past four years, Americans have watched Trump leverage his corrupt ties with autocratic leaders and seen how right-wing nationalists around the world share conspiracies and draw inspiration from each other. This should make it all the more apparent that the struggle for democracy is a shared one, to which even a deeply flawed America must also contribute." Nick Danforth reflects in Foreign Policy.