Learning From the History of American Militarism

Source: Antiwar.com
by Daniel Larison

“Occasionally supporters of endless wars will slip up and admit that the US is engaged in a kind of imperial policing of the world, but for the most part there is great resistance to defining the US as an empire. In her essay ‘The Same Struggle for Liberty: Korea and Vietnam,’ [Marilyn] Young says this is ‘a persistent American dilemma: how to acquire, manage, or subcontract an empire without naming it, or better, in the name of the right of self-determination for all people.’ The US has acted as an empire for much of its history, and it has felt the need to deny that imperialism or to justify it for just as long.” (07/21/21)