Imperialism And The United States Essay

1126 Words Dec 5th, 2014 5 Pages
In the year 1893, the United States identified itself as an “Imperialist Power” and has been considered so since the 1930’s. Time has evolved and terms have been adapted and given new definitions. The definition of imperialism is “a policy of extending a country 's power and influence through diplomacy or military force.” However some define what constitutes as the term imperialism is subjective in the same way as it is with terrorism. The aphorism, “One man’s terrorist is another man’s freedom fighter” can be used as a paradigm. America’s new adoption is globalization, “a process of interaction and integration among the people, companies, and governments of different nations, a process driven by international trade and investment and aided by information technology.” Imperialism is the accrediting factor of America becoming a major political force. However, the new form of imperialism, globalization and interventionism allows the U.S. to remain in control and to be masked as the globe’s “friendly” policeman. After intervening in Hawaii, the United States went to war with Spain. The United States proceeded to occupy Cuba, the Philippines and Puerto Rico. In addition to fighting Philippine guerillas, American military forces intervened in Haiti, Panama and other Latin American countries to support personal business ventures. Brute force was initiated to effectively conquer and enforce U.S.’s control over the weaker nations that will be soon identified as the…

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