America’s Long History of Warfare

The Us ever since its inception has been at war somewhere in the world.  If a truthful history was to ever be written then one would see that how many wars we fight and how many Americans have died.

PBS has aired a Vietnam War series…a look back at the history oi that war….the series is a good series from all I have heard….have a watched it?  NO.  I cannot watch much on that War at any given time…..the problem is that some say that the point is missed….that the issue of war should be looked at from the beginning to now….even the future.

The below article tackles that oversight….

Americans like to view their country as a force for peace in the world when the historical reality is almost the opposite, a reality ignored by the PBS Vietnam War documentary.

f you go to the Wikipedia page that gives a timeline of U.S. foreign military operations between 1775 and 2010, you are likely to come away in shock. It seems that ever since the founding of the country, the United States has been at war. It is as if Americans just could not (and still cannot) sit still, but had to (and still have to) force themselves on others through military action.

Often this is aimed at controlling foreign resources, thus forcing upon others the consequences of their own capitalist avarice. At other times the violence is spurred on by an ideology that confuses U.S. interests with civilization and freedom. Only very rarely is Washington out there on the side of the angels. Regardless, the bottom line seems to be that peace has never been a deeply ingrained cultural value for the citizens of the United States. As pertains to foreign policy, America’s national culture is a war culture.

Source: America’s Long History of Warfare – Consortiumnews

WE Americans need to know our history, especially when it comes to war, it helps explain the present and even the future.

The US would not be the world leader it is today without war….

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11 thoughts on “America’s Long History of Warfare

  1. I read this with interest. I disagree with his appraisal of the Ken Burns documentary, which I have found to be informative, reflective, and very well done indeed. However, I am not an American, so that war is not in my personal or national psyche. As for the other conflicts mentioned, many are no longer taught as history, and there is of course no extensive film footage available to use to make documentaries about them.
    Any student of history knows that the US has been at war more or less since its revolutionary founding. As for the wars waged against native Americans, they have also been well-documented, especially in more recent years.
    Best wishes, Pete.

  2. Thanx for the comment. I have my thoughts on this and others will see it otherwise……..it is something that needs discussions. Sorry will write more later. chuq

  3. Oh VERY True, chuq.. Americans NEED to know their history. But equally a part of that is understanding the “why” of it all but not in the context of what the world is like today, or what level of sophistication we may think we are at in our historical reflection and interpretation. Some are watching the Burns “Vietnam” series and thinking.. “My God.. what impetuous small minds back in those days!”. You and I both know, because we were raised under the threat of the Cold War (and we had NO doubt that threat was real), that “we couldn’t let those godless commies take over the damn world and we had to draw a line somewhere and that was Vietnam” mindset. Quite honestly I am seeing this “fear” (and that’s exactly what it is.. fear) somehow being convincingly applied with.. some backward Third World nation half way around the globe, and again.. common sense is escaping us once again. But then again, it was a backward Third World nation we went to war with under Bush.. two nations actually.. some nonsense about WMD’s. (c’mon… we went to war over possible poison gas?). and the other, we were chasing a single person who was responsible for 9/11. But it felt good at the time because we needed to kick someone’s ass for 9/11. Right?

    The thing about interpreting history, it’s always “they were stupid” but “we are right”.

  4. I’ve always found it disturbing that despite the initial thought of not going abroad in search of foreign dragons to slay, we’ve still managed to have less than 20 years of peace in our nation’s history (I forgot the exact number). Uh…what happened?

      1. Here’s a good article on Wikipedia: a long list of “regime changes” that the U.S. has been involved in over history. These are outside of actual war. Since the inception of the Cold War, the U.S. has secretly supported military coups to upset democratically elected governments at least five times. Key phrase is “democratically elected.” America is a great country in many ways, but the older I get, the more I learn about our sordid past.

        https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_involvement_in_regime_change

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