Cognative Dissident

Tuesday, September 28

History Repeating Itself

I'm currently reading ?"Colossus" by Niall Ferguson and finding it an interesting retrospective on American Imperial tendencies. But I came across this passage, which terrifies me:
[The relative failure] in the Philippines has unfortuately proved to be far more typical of American overseas experience than what happened in Hawaii and Puerto Rico. To be precise, seven characteristic phases of American engagement can be discerned:
  1. Impressive inital military success
  2. A flawed assessment of indigenous sentiment
  3. A strategy of limited war and gradual escalation of forces
  4. Domestic disillusionment in the face of protracted and nasty conflict
  5. Premature democratization
  6. The ascendency of domestic economic considerations
  7. Ultimate withdrawl
Scary, isn't it?

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