"...[W]hen swearing in new ambassadors, I used to take them over to the big globe in the secretary of state's office and ask them to point out their country. Almost invariably they would rotate the globe and point to their post, wherever in the world. I would then tell them that when I made this request of Senator Mike Mansfield, then American ambassador to Japan, he spun the globe, put his finger on the United States, and said, "This is my country!""--Secretary of State George P. Shultz
And today, to a man, they all put their fingers on China--or Iran. Or both. But it wasn't always thus.