Thomas Jefferson declared the American way of interacting with the world to be “peace, commerce and honest friendship with all nations – entangling alliances with none.” However, over the course of at least the past seven decades, the US government has turned this admonition on its head.
Peace? The US government has waged wars of choice almost constantly since the end of World War II. It has distributed death and destruction around the world for nearly 70 years straight in overt wars, covert wars, coup d’états, assassinations, cold wars, drone wars, etc.
Commerce? Through sanctions and embargoes, the US government has carried out economic warfare against entire countries due to political disagreements with their leaders. This has resulted in the deaths of hundreds of thousands of innocents who were denied the opportunity to buy goods and services from the US and the rest of the world. It has also prohibited the ability of Americans to travel and trade freely.
Honest friendship? The US government has cynically manipulated nations into serving its purposes for many decades. It has propped up foreign dictators when government officials deem that they benefit their own objectives. It has overthrown democratically elected leaders and installed puppets who will serve its agenda. It has created so many entangling alliances that the entire world is laid with tripwires that could pull the US into conflicts at any moment.
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