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Very thoughtful analysis.

I suspect the roots of the problem goes back further into American history than you have followed it. I seem to recall reading that when America took over Spanish colonies after the Spanish-American War there were those who claimed that an empire was inconsistent with the institutions of the Republic.

Indeed the way American troops treated the Filipinos a century or so ago seems to be more ruthless than the methods being used today, although in the early 20th century no one saw the need to turn the United States itself into a national security state.

by Gary J on Wed May 17th, 2006 at 02:58:04 PM EST

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