We're neither. We're merely pragmatic. We do what is in our perceived best interest and don't do what is perceived not to be in our best interest. Nothing inherently wrong with that. I just wish people will open their eyes and drop the myth that we are a benevolent superpower. We aren't. I have no clue if we ever were, but we certainly aren't now.
I agree. But, we put forward the idea that we are good in all we do so that our people get behind American policy and support it without asking too many questions. No matter who is in power, you really don't see much change in foreign policy. Now, the domestic security apparatus seems to be marching forward despite the party as well. And, the American people ask no questions because what we do is always good all the time - according to the conventional wisdom.
We do a lot of good things. I just think that we would be better off if we did not think only about what benefitted us and instead thought about what was good and did those things.