America isn't afraid to force its will on others
Published 15/08/2011 | 05:00
Kevin Myers writes (Irish Independent, August 9) that he's a firm believer in "the American imperium", and that "no one has to join". Cute sentiment but, unfortunately for Mr Myers, devoid of reality.
Even the most cursory glance at US foreign policy since its foundation shows that the US was, and is, not afraid to force its will upon smaller, weaker nations.
It has been unafraid from its first imperialist shenanigans into the Philippines to the exploits of Smedley Butler -- nicknamed 'the fighting Quaker' -- who documented his incursions into Latin America as a major general of the US marines during the banana wars, fought to benefit the American United Fruit Company.