Contemporary international politics continues to be characterized by a widening rift between the United States and the rest of the world, even Europe. This division is a direct result of Washington's inability to achieve its desired outcomes unilaterally. This rift stems from a tendency on the part of an increasingly predominant voice within the US administration to go it alone, thereby confusing unilateralism with leadership. The new trend in US foreign policy is in part driven by US conservatism, which has been on the rise in the past three decades. The US policies on international issues are of the kind that will inevitably bring bitterness and frustration to a large part of the world. It is not only in the interest of the US but also in the interest of the entire world for the US to avoid becoming the focus of resentment and hatred by both state and nonstate actors.