American Neo-Imperialism

The United States not only believes that its ideals of liberty, choice, and equality should apply to all, but like all rising powers throughout history, America has always had an expanding sense of both its interests and entitlements. Ideals and interests are interwoven tightly into American foreign policy, creating an expansion-driven interventionist nation.

If American strategic policy is shaped by justice and equality, it is more often shaped by commercial interests dating as far back as the 19th century. To deny this is to scorn history:

  1. Manifest destiny – 1800’s
  2. Monroe Doctrine – 1823
  3. Chilean domestic policy interventions – 1891
  4. Hawaiian coup – 1893
  5. Expansion into the Phillippines – 1898
  6. USS Maine (Cuba, Puerto-Rico) – 1898
  7. Platt Amendment – 1901
  8. Filipino rebellion – 1902
  9. Panamanian revolution – 1903
  10. Roosevelt Corrolary – 1904
  11. Cuba governed by Charles Magoon – 1906
  12. Nicaraguan revolution – 1912
  13. Mexican conflict – 1914
  14. Occupation of Haiti – 1915
  15. Occupation of the Dominican Republic – 1916
  16. McCarthyism – 1950
  17. Overthrow of Mossadegh – 1953
  18. Eisenhower and Operation Gladio and the Guetamalan revolution – 1954
  19. Failed coup in Indonesia – 1958
  20. Bay of Pigs – 1959
  21. Operation Northwoods – 1960
  22. Assassination of Kennedy – 1963
  23. Warren Commission – 1964
  24. Johnson and Tonkin Bay – 1964
  25. Nixon and Watergate, the Chilean constitutional coup, and Operation Nickel Grass – 1970’s
  26. Ford and the Pardon of Nixon – 1974
  27. Reagan and Raeganomics, banking and media deregulation, the funding of Saddam Hussein, the funding of Bin-Laden, the funding of the Khmer Rouge, the Iran-Contra scandal, the neglect of the AIDS epidemic – 1970’s
  28. Carter and Operation Cyclone, and domestic policy interventions in El Salvador – 1980’s
  29. Invasion of Grenada – 1983
  30. Bush I and the Invasion of Panama and the Iran-Contra pardons – 1990’s
  31. Bush II and 9/11, the 9/11 Report, the invasion of Iraq and Afghanistan – 2001
  32. Obama: ISIS, Syria, Libya – 2009

 

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