"I helped purify Nicaragua for the
international banking house of Brown Brothers in 1902-1912. I brought
light to the Dominican Republic for American sugar interests in 1916. I
helped make Honduras right for American fruit companies in 1903. In
China in 1927, I helped see to it that Standard Oil went on its way
U.S. Marine officer with the head of Silvino Herrera, one of the leaders
of Augusto Sandino's rebel army, Nicaragua, 1930.
World War I was a horrific battle among the European colonial powers
over how to divide up the world. When President Woodrow Wilson decided
to enter the fray, he told the American people that he was sending
troops to Europe to "make the world safe for democracy."
But what Wilson was really after was what he considered to be the United
States' fair share of of the spoils.
Wilson's ambassador to England said rather forthrightly that the U.S.
would declare war on Germany because it was... 
"... the only way of maintaining our present pre-eminent trade status."
(Ambassador W.H. page, 1917)
For this, 130,274 U.S. soldiers were sent to their deaths. 
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