Well stated. An excerpt from a book I am currently reading:
“ The US currently gives support to 73% of the world’s dictatorships. Thus, rather than being an exception, or a “departure from democratic ideals” as the NYT puts it, the US’s intervention in other countries in the interest of promoting dictatorship is in fact the rule…..
THE FOREIGN POLICY OF THE UNITED STATES IS INTERVENTION: …In thinking about particular instances of foreign meddling, intervention, and invasion, it is critical to realize that none of these instances were somehow aberrations Rather, they have been, and continue to be, part and parcel of a consistent, seamless, and unwavering policy of the United States dating back to colonial times, and are firmly supported by an ideological belief system which rises to the level of religious faith.
This faith has a name, and its Manifest Destiny – the belief of that the expansion of the United States from the Arlantic to the Pacific of North America, and beyond, was and is not only inevitable, but is in fact a God-given moral right.
Put in more crass terms, this is the notion that, as white, Christian, and freedom-loving people, we are uniquely good, and therefore have the unique right to expand throughout the world and intervene where we please without imitation. Indeed, any resistance put up to our expansion and intervention is unacceptable, immoral, and punishable by extreme violence. This part of the faith was explicitly set forth in 1845 by the person who coined the term “Manifest Destiny.” John L. O’Sullivan, then-editor of the Democratic Party newspaper, who condemned England and France “for the avowed object of thwarting our policy and hampering our power, limiting our greatness and checking the fulfilment of our manifest destiny to overspread the continent allotted by Providence for free development of our yearly multiplying millions.”
A key tenet og this faith holds that we are uniquely good, and therefore privileged to do as we wish anywhere in the world, even when we do uniquely bad and horrible things to other peoples in the process of our international endeavours. It is not our actions and their effects which should be looked at, the faith provides, or even the specific intentions motivating particular actions. Rather, it is our inherent and profound goodness, and our general desire to do good, which matter and which justify our expansion and foreign interloping.
And so, the fact that US expansion in North Anerica was carried out through the mass removal, plunder, rape, and physical elimination of millions of native Americans and Mexicans occupying the land which God gave us, and through the oppression of hundreds of thousands of Africans brought over as slaves to build our country, in no way takes away from the goodness of us as a nation or a people, or from rightness of our expansion project.
As the Encyclopedia Britannica explains, “the idea of Manifest Destiny was used to validate continental acquisitions in the Oregon Country, Texas, New Mexico, and California. The purchase of Alaska after the Civil War briefly revived the consent of Manifest Destiny, but it most evidently became a renewed force in US foreign policy in the 1890s, when the country went to war with Spain, annexed Hawaii, and laid plans for an isthumian canal across Central America.”
And, while the words “Manifest Destiny” have rarely been uttered in decades – most likely due to sheer embarrassment with the obviously Messianic notions these words evoke – the belief system represented by these words continues unabated to justify US intervention and aggression to this day. Indeed, as the devil himself, this doctrine goes by many names, such as American Exceptionalism.
Those who have experienced the wrath of this religion, on the other hand, call it by names such as Colonialism, or neo-Colonialism, or Imperialism. However, such words are simply verboten when speaking about the United States.
Indeed, Jeane Kirkpatrick, who would soon become UN Ambassador under President Reagan, stated as much in 1979, explaining in what would become a famous and quite influential piece in ‘Commentary’ magazine: “[i]f, moreover, revolutionary leaders describe the United States as the scourge of the 20th century, the enemy of freedom-loving people, the perpetrator of imperialism, racism, colonialism, genocide, war, they are not authentic democrats or, to put it mildly, friends. Groups which define themselves as enemies should be treated as enemies.” In short, if you use the “C” word of the “I” word talking about the US, you are an enemy, plain and simple.
Imperialism especially in a word which dare not speaketh its own name. one of the few American intellectuals who was willing to utter this term, however, was Mark Twain who indeed helped to found the Anti-imperialist League.” – “The Plot to Control the World: How the US Spent Billions to Change the Outcome of Elections Around the World” by Dan Kovalik (2018)