The word “Afghanistanism”, which means the practice of concentrating on problems in distant parts of the world while ignoring controversial local issues, is almost 70 years old.
A 20 year-old book titled “Foundations of Geopolitics” outlined Russian goals to annex Ukraine, separate the UK from the rest of Europe, and foment racial and isolationist groups in the U.S.
United Fruit Company’s main rival was Guatemala, who exported lots of fruit. To eliminate them, United lied to the US government that Guatemala’s government was Pro-Soviet. The US staged a coup, which led to the 36 year long Guatemalan civil war.
The US invaded Guatemala in 1954 and deposed democratically elected President Jacobo Árbenz Guzmán for the benefit of an American fruit company.
The United States has attacked or “intervened” officially in 145 countries since 1890. It has also been alleged that over 40 assassination attempts have been attempted or completed to initiate regime change favorable to the USA.
The US tried to purchase Greenland for $100 million in 1946.
Mark Twain said “God created war so that Americans would learn geography.”