Americans get an upside-down version of why we intervene in other countries. This American general was close enough to what was happening to be able to see through the lies we were being told.
I helped make Mexico, especially Tampico, safe for American oil interests in 1914. I helped make Haiti and Cuba a decent place for the National City Bank boys to collect revenues in. I helped in the raping of half a dozen Central American republics for the benefits of Wall Street. The record of racketeering is long. I helped purify Nicaragua for the international banking house of Brown Brothers in 1909-1912 (where have I heard that name before?). I brought light to the Dominican Republic for American sugar interests in 1916. In China I helped to see to it that Standard Oil went its way unmolested.

Here are some more articles and videos that go into more detail. I've lived abroad for 19 years and in most places outside of the US political discussions are based on this kind of info. I've lived in Mexico City and Madrid and in those two places there's nothing more amusing than a group of Americans discussing politics.

This one was written by a politically-informed Christian.

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