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Squeech Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-28-05 12:15 AM
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9. This is the first time
that the entire government has agreed that it's an empire.

During what you describe as the first two empires, we didn't admit it. I'm trying to remember who it was that said something like "Too wise to rule the world, we shall merely own it," but that was our posture up until Vietnam. (Of course back then we could assume that Great Britain was going to do the administrative work too.) All our plutocrats wanted out of the rest of the world was enough stability to make sure we could ship merchandise safely, and repatriate the profits. I'm certainly not saying that we never wreaked our will on other governments (Mossadegh's Iran, Allende's Chile, etc.) but we used to use the CIA and other covert actors to do it, for plausible deniability.

I dunno, maybe Iraq isn't as different as I think it is. I vaguely remember coming across a list of American military interventions in the 20th century, and it averaged about one per year, mostly in the Caribbean or Central America. But we never used to garrison our client states. This is new.
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