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Tuesday, November 5, 2013

AMERICA: WHERE WE WERE…

From 1787 to 1887, America was involved in one battle after another. After fighting for our freedom from Great Britain, our first century was a severe case of growing pains. Our westward expansion destroying and displacing the Native people, fighting the British a second time, and the Spanish and Mexicans both over territory. In our second century, it looked like the United States would finally find peace. Most of the Native tribes were pacified, more or less extinct or moved to reservations. We had reached the Pacific Ocean, secured our boundaries with our neighbors, and most of the world was either colony or Colonizers.

However, something happened in the Twentieth Century, the United States did something Thomas Jefferson warned us about; it was entangled in foreign wars and treaties. The United States could have become the greatest force for peace and stability; instead, we became the Policemen for the world.

The United States, for our first one hundred years, had a Navy and Marine Corp known and respected around the world. Our Army though, had never left the confines of the Americas. The United States, in the Nineteenth Century was a global power with regional ambitions. In our hemisphere, we wanted to be the dominant power, and by 1887, we were. The British were our allies and trading partners, The French were all but eliminated from the Americas and the Spanish were losing their colonies rapidly. The United States was poised to be the beacon of freedom, the blueprint in which every ex-colony could base their new country on.

Somehow, we missed the opportunity, the dawning Twentieth Century rather than becoming one of peace and prosperity was the most bloody and violent century our young Country had witnessed. Merchant agents, once satisfied with their profits, looked outward at the new countries of Central and South America, of Asia and Africa, and began to dream of ever-greater wealth. Wealth that could have flowed into their coffers through trade, were deemed easier picking with force. The only impediment to the riches waiting in the postcolonial world was the young American Government; it had never shown great success imposing its will outside of the Americas that would have to change.

The new Century introduced American Soldiers to new Countries and new reasons for war. The U.S. intervention in Cuba during their war for independence from Spain marked a first for America and her soldiers, now instead of defending their homes, Americans would fight to expand America’s market share.

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