America changed dramatically with ww11 and may never see a return to an isolationist mentality.
I strongly oppose isolationism. But that is not the only alternative to warmongering.
It is a complete fabrication to say that America supports the subjugation of other peoples, America's stance has always been to support stability.
No it isn't a fabrication, the US has a very long history of supporting tyrants who are corrupt in that they we have them in our pockets. Sure, the motivation isn't to subjugate them, that is just a means to and end.
Perhaps America's policies are misguided, whose to say?
Perhaps the hundreds of thousands of people America has killed? America doesn't like it when people kill their people and other people feel remarkably similar about that kind of thing.
However, it is untruthful to paint a picture of some uncaring beast that cares nothing for the suffering of other peoples. That is simply not the case.
I'm not trying to anthropomorphize America into some evil villain. I think America is a great force for good in many ways, but also a great danger to the world with its militaristic foreign policy. When its policies are heartless this does not mean the country is, there is no evil genius pulling the strings, it's just the product of many different forces in the political system, including the insular worldview and the apathy of Americans (many of the people here on this forum supported the wars that America waged in response to 9/11, hundreds of thousands of people were killed by their misguided support).
America has felt a great responsibility for the prevention of any further nuclear conflict, and our policies reflect this concern.
This is just a very small facet of American foreign policy, in the last decade hundreds of thousands of people have been killed by America for different geopolitical concerns (less noble than preventing nuclear war).
Furthermore, I find it a bit naive to say that America's great responsibility is to prevent nuclear war. There is not a nation on earth that has done more to make nuclear war probable than America. Not at any time in history. Through each phase of the evolution of nuclear weapons the US was the most likely to start the nuclear war and the one that engaged in the most nuclear brinksmanship and nuclear sabre rattling.
Just to take two recent examples:
1) The North Koreans developed nukes only after America put nukes on the Korean Peninsula. Remember how America went apeshit over the cuban missile crisis? Same thing, and like that crisis too America was the first to put the nukes in someone else's back yard (too few Americans know this but the Russians put the missiles there as a reaction to nukes the US had placed near the USSR and the US quietly removed them as part of the agreement to remove the missiles in cuba).
2) During the bush administration the US escalated the nuclear arms race by withdrawing from treaties with Russia, and by calling for the development of tactical nukes (the so-called "bunker busters") in a very worrisome development (tactical nukes are much more "usable" and this is a development that inches towards more use of nukes, not less).
The US is not some noble knight keeping nuclear holocaust at bay, it's the entity with the most responsibility for creating that possibility and the one that took the most initiative and agression in the nuclear arms race from day one.
It is easy to sit back and point the finger at America without looking at the bigger picture. I'll be the first to admit, America has committed many acts that I am not proud of, but the motive has never been the evil many would like to portray.
To you this has to be emotive, good vs evil. To me, this is like describing a dry piece of toast. I'm not trying to indict it as an entity, just saying it's dry.
There is no bigger picture that justifies the hundreds of thousands of people America kills in unjust wars. There is no bigger picture that makes invading Iraq make sense. That is just wishful thinking.
Remember, we didn't invent this ****, war, but we did invent the most horrible weapon yet known and we can't take it back.
So? What does that have to do with America's penchant for killing people. How is that related to the hundreds of thousands of people America has killed in the last decade? This isn't at all about some noble guardianship of the nuclear club.
War , oppression, genocide, murder, will continue like it always has, with or without America. We bear no responsibility for that.
You can't be serious. This is like responding to being accused of murder with saying that violence will always be with us. I have not made the accusation that America invented violence and it's a deflection to argue as if I had as whether or not war is an American invention says nothing at all about the charge that America has a penchant for war.
Regardless of what you might wish to believe, our leaders are not the callous war lords they are often portrayed.
I'm not the one making emotional caricatures of them. I think Bush is a great guy, nice fellow with tons of class. Happened to also believe it was a good idea to invade Iraq and kill hundreds of thousands of people. I'm criticizing the whole killing hundreds of thousands of people thing, not his personality.
America has not looted Japan nor Germany, neither have we looted South Korea or the middle east.
America does TONS of great things. But again, this is like responding to an accusation of murder with "I gave a lot to the Salvation Army when I was a kid". What does that have to do with whether or not America's militarism is just?
Hate-mongers the world over foster that mentality for their own ends.
We may not be very good at it, but we really are trying to give the world a better life.
I think it's silly to think that America is an evil or a benign beast. It's millions of people with conflicting interests. But I will say this, I think it's even sillier to think that America's about giving the world a better life. I'm sure that many Americans want this, and economically it often aligns with America's own interests but no American government has ever had a serious priority to improve the the lives of the world, it's always been improve the lives of Americans first and if we have time for charity (and Americans often give generously) then that's fine.
Thing is, many of the time the things America does to improve the quality of the lives of their citizens it comes at a cost to someone else. America is competing on the global stage wayne, and competing very well. History has never seen a greater military, economic, or cultural power. This comes at the cost to others (such as lost economic activity), I see nothing wrong with this, as long as we compete fairly but to pretend that we are some great eleemosynary nation is silly.
In the competition between nations, history has never seen a competitor like America. And America didn't get there by playing Mother Theresa.