Posted 5 years ago on Feb. 19, 2012, 8:07 a.m. EST by bklynsboy
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Driving the Spanish out, the US decided to do "democracy at gunpoint" for profit; they had tobacco and sugar cane. Then it all went bad. We decided to own them for profit. The liberated population soon hated Americans and fought guerrilla war. We lost lives and treasure. Here is an exerpt from the anti-imperialist senator from Massachusetts, George F. Hoar:
"You have sacrificed nearly ten thousand American lives—the flower of our youth. You have devastated provinces. You have slain uncounted thousands of the people you desire to benefit. You have established reconcentration camps. Your generals are coming home from their harvest bringing sheaves with them, in the shape of other thousands of sick and wounded and insane to drag out miserable lives, wrecked in body and mind. You make the American flag in the eyes of a numerous people the emblem of sacrilege in Christian churches, and of the burning of human dwellings, and of the horror of the water torture. Your practical statesmanship which disdains to take George Washington and Abraham Lincoln or the soldiers of the Revolution or of the Civil War as models, has looked in some cases to Spain for your example. I believe--nay, I know--that in general our officers and soldiers are humane. But in some cases they have carried on your warfare with a mixture of American ingenuity and Castilian cruelty. Your practical statesmanship has succeeded in converting a people who three years ago were ready to kiss the hem of the garment of the American and to welcome him as a liberator, who thronged after your men when they landed on those islands with benediction and gratitude, into sullen and irreconcilable enemies, possessed of a hatred which centuries can not eradicate."
— George Frisbie Hoar, May 1902 speech to the United States Senate