Contrary to the "catapulted propaganda ", Enron, Haditha, and Abu Ghraib were not isolated incidents or the work of a "few bad apples ". American savagery and oppressive behavior pervades our society and predates our nation 's birth. Building its patriarchal wealth on the backs of Black slaves and cheap labor while acquiring its territory through Native American genocide, predatory exploitation of non-Anglos, the poor, women, and the working class emerged as a pillar of America 's socioeconomic "success " before we even declared our independence.
With the sun finally preparing to set on the British Empire, the days of conquest and expansion dawned for the nascent American Empire. Pathologically hubristic notions like Manifest Destiny and American Exceptionalism served to dehumanize indigenous people to justify invasion, theft and murder as acts of necessity to bring civilization to "primitives ".
In his latest book, Overthrow, former New York Times Bureau Chief Stephen Kinzer chronicles America 's exploits as an empire and imperialist nation.
What is it that they are spreading?
George Bush was simply reiterating America 's long-standing mendacious rationale for its exploitative behavior when he stated:
"What I'm trying to suggest to you that this program is a part of a strategic goal, and that is to protect this country in the short-term and protect it in the long-term by spreading freedom. "
Consider some of the freedoms the United States is spreading:
1. Freedom to work under miserable conditions for a pittance.
2. Freedom to exist in an environment permeated with depleted uranium.
3. Freedom to sell precious resources to soulless multinational corporations at garage sale prices.
5. Freedom to realize the inherent inferiority of one 's culture, religion, and language, and to cast them aside like sacks of rank-smelling garbage.
6. Freedom to be maimed or killed if one dares to reject the "gifts " of these freedoms.