"We went to war with Mexico for  peace, humanity and honor, yet emerged from the

contest with an extension of territory beyond the dreams of political avarice.

We went to war with Spain for  relief of an oppressed people [the Cubans], and 

at the close found ourselves in  possession of vast and rich insular dependencies

[primarily the Philippines] and  with a pretty tight grasp upon the country for 

relief of whose oppressed people we took up arms. We could hardly have profited

more had 'territorial  aggrandizement' been the spirit of our purpose and heart

of our hope. The  slightest acquaintance with history shows that powerful republics

are the most  warlike and unscrupulous of nations."

~ Ambrose Bierce, Warlike America

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Just like our Mideast wars were really about controlling oil.

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