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pefjr
01-07-2010, 03:17 PM
America is the most ethnocentric country in the world. We have to stick our noses in every nook and cranny the globe over, trying to spread our culture though out the world.

Is this characteristic a result of our christian upbringing?

Can we ever bring our troops home?

Peerie Maa
01-07-2010, 04:14 PM
There is a theory that all nations go through phases in their development as they grow. This includes a period of colonialism. America's problem is that it developed too late so that all of the un-colonised countries had already been bagged. So America has had to settle for Costa Rica, Panama and the Philippines. That and buggering about with Cuba and any where else that they can get their oar in.

pefjr
01-07-2010, 04:22 PM
I think it's tied to our christian heritage. Missionary mentality. And now the engine driving it is the Military Industrial Complex.

Captain Blight
01-07-2010, 04:26 PM
"Manifest Destiny," the "White Man's Burden" and the Monroe Doctrine are all concepts that are at least 50 years out of date. And yet they are still being used to drive and shape national policy and international relations, simply because of the howls from the uninformed when they are questioned.

Paul Pless
01-07-2010, 04:43 PM
So America has had to settle for Costa Rica, Panama and the Philippines.You left out quite a few of our 'colonies in everything but name only' there actually... noteworthy periodic inclusions: Japan, West Germany, South Korea, Iraq, Kuwait, Israel, etc etc etc;)

downthecreek
01-07-2010, 05:00 PM
How many overseas military bases is it? Around 800? And how much being spent in bribery and blackmail (do as we say or bang goes the aid money)?

I wonder what Martin or Ingo would have to say about West Germany being an American colony?

Paul Pless
01-07-2010, 05:03 PM
I wonder what Martin or Ingo would have to say about West Germany being an American colony?I stopped just short of putting the United Kingdom on the list.:p

Captain Blight
01-07-2010, 05:04 PM
Well, it was only for a little while, and we allowed them to think that they were on their own... :D

Something on the order of 700 overseas bases for the US military, though I'm not sure how many are "camps" (Impermanent) and how many are "bases" (Permanent). And how FOBs in SW Asia figure into the count.

bobbys
01-07-2010, 05:22 PM
One might make the case we are spreading Pornography, Abortion, Hollywood Values, Evolution, Coke and Pepsi., Oprah, Homosexuality, Drug use, Tobacco,Rap Music, Pantheism, and YOO HOO more then Christianity

Captain Blight
01-07-2010, 06:08 PM
And that's a bad thing how?

P.I. Stazzer-Newt
01-07-2010, 06:15 PM
I stopped just short of putting the United Kingdom on the list.:p

Why?

rbgarr
01-07-2010, 06:56 PM
Our troops haven't come back from Korea yet (that's sixty years!!). I don't see them leaving Iraq or Afganistan either....

Paul Pless
01-07-2010, 06:58 PM
Why?
I wasn't up for a lecture from ACB.;)

Michael D. Storey
01-07-2010, 11:47 PM
How many overseas military bases is it? Around 800? And how much being spent in bribery and blackmail (do as we say or bang goes the aid money)?

I wonder what Martin or Ingo would have to say about West Germany being an American colony?

There is a technique spelt out in a book called Confessions of an Economic Hit Man where the United States engages in various form of predatory lending, thereby developing the leverage necessary to 'lean on' the borrower nations. This is offered as the technique used to get us military bases in strategic locations.

Keith Wilson
01-08-2010, 10:46 AM
So America has had to settle for Costa Rica . . . Eh? Costa Rica was never even close to a US colony, much less than the other Central American countries. We occupied Nicaragua for quite a while, and mucked around in Guatemala to very bad effect, but not Costa Rica.

Did you mean Puerto Rico? That's sort of like confusing Atlanta and Alberta.

TomF
01-08-2010, 11:10 AM
Eh? Costa Rica was never even close to a US colony, much less than the other Central American countries. We occupied Nicaragua for quite a while, and mucked around in Guatenala to very bad effect, but not Costa Rica.

Did you mean Puerto Rico? That's sort of like confusing Atlanta and Alberta.Yup. Alberta's a colony of Texas.

G.Sherman
01-08-2010, 11:17 AM
It is part of the general smugness Americans have regarding just about everything. We "have to" spread democracy even if we don't practice it all that well here.

Hell, we're willing to bring democracy to cave dwellers who have barely stepped out of the bronze age..... cultures that don't value women, free thought, alternate viewpoints and the like are NOT candidates for democracy....
let them have their warlords and continue to slaughter and oppress their people.

Rant over... continue living!