The feeding of America's lust for empire

THE DOMINION OF WAR, By Fred Anderson and Andrew Cayton, Atlantic, E29.20

6th August, 2005

Woodrow Wilson, one of the most idealistic men ever to be President of the United States, said that , whenever he looked at the American flag he saw “white stripes that were the strips of parchment upon which are writen the rights ofman, and red stripes that were the streams of blood by which those rights have been made good'‘.

It's as good a notion as any to explain the US's image of itself,...

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