The 19-year U.S. occupation of Haiti, which started on July 28, 1915, is a significant marker of Yankee imperialist aggression. In the era of Big Stick policy, the U.S. invaded and/or occupied many of the countries in the Caribbean and Central America, including Cuba, Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic, Mexico, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Honduras, El Salvador, and Panama… Since the start of the 20th Century, not counting secret operations, there have been over 120 U.S. military aggressions, more than one per year on average. There are more than 865 U.S. military bases abroad in more than 63 countries. The U.S. budget for defense and security-related activities represents 41% of the world’s military budget. The U.S. Navy is larger than the combined navies of the next 13 countries, 11 of which are U.S. allies. The U.S. maintains 5,113 nuclear warheads, enough to exterminate humankind many times over. Right now, the U.S. is engaged in at least 8 theaters of war: Afghanistan, Pakistan, Syria, Iraq, Yemen, Somalia and the Congo and the Philippines, not counting the “Global War on Terrorism”.
While most of this country’s population has been brainwashed into believing that the U.S. is a worldwide peacekeeper and a defender of democracy, the facts prove quite the contrary. For over a century, the U.S. has been and is still today the leading international imperialist aggressor. U.S. military aggressions have been “the iron fist behind the invisible hand of the Free Market.” From neo-colonial to neoliberal, these policies have included setting up “banana republics” to privatization of state services, austerity plans, reductions in wages and living standards, cutbacks in pensions, cutbacks in education, cutbacks in healthcare, cutbacks in social services, union busting, Free Trade Zones, WTO enforced free trade agreements… The U.S. military is the enforcement arm of U.S. economic policy: the enforcer of “investor friendly” policies, orchestrated through invasions and coups, coerced, through financial crises and the accumulation of state debt, onto working peoples all over the world, including the U.S.