The U.S. was never close to perfect, but nor has it been this close to breaking.

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When I was a kid, pro wrestler and American hero Sergeant Slaughter turned heel (bad guy) on then-WWF (presently WWE) television by pledging his loyalty to Saddam Hussein and aligning with the evil General Adnan Al-Kaissie. To add insult to injury, the former G.I. Joe defeated The Ultimate Warrior for the heavyweight title, but then —…