that Onion article rings a bit too true
How many Americans knew where Korea was, or Vietnam before the wars there ? How many black americans know the truth of the slave trade ? I suspect more know where Haiti is because of the previous boat people problem, but it always scares me that the world leader and its people need a map to orientate foriegn policy.
Central and South America still remember gun boat diplomacy, so there is some justification in avoiding them, but Africa has been ignored for many years because it never presented a problem to the US apart from some skirmishing in the Cold War.
If the US is to lead the world, and I hope that will continue to be the case, they need to be more proactive about real world problems BEFORE they happen. Waiting for a disaster to help is just to assuage one's conscience. Perhaps the rich countries should adopt a poor country, and help it then adopt another ? And lets get Europe off their fat arses and get them to show more leadership.