It was Reinhold Niebuhr that pointed out the hypocrisy inherent in "a nation". “Patriotism transmutes individual unselfishness into national egoism”, and through service to the state is committed the worst atrocities known to man. The morality of nations broke the "golden rule". To make the world a better place it was thought, one needed to think of nations as nonexistent, without boundaries, as God intended, as one sees the earth from space. This thinking was prevalent in Washington DC, beginning with Carter, and continuing until the present including including Obama, McCain, and others. What is wrong with this thinking?