Boy, I never read about any of that stuff
(AMERICA, Land of Freedom)
Chapter 2: The "Cold War" and the Exploits of the Self-Proclaimed "World
Go ahead--make my day!
The United States, however, had to contend with the Soviet Union, which
had also emerged from the Second World War as a world power. For the
next 45 years, the world was caught up in a global turf battle between
the "two superpowers." The U.S. was always much stronger than its Soviet
adversary, but both countries maintained huge military forces to defend
and expand their own "spheres of influence." The contention between the
two powers was called the "Cold War" because they never directly engaged
each other in battle. But the "Cold War" was marked by plenty of
violence in other countries. Typically, the two superpowers lined up on
opposite sides of every conflict.
For its part, the U.S. moved to expand its own "sphere of influence"
beyond the Americas and the Pacific to include much of the old British,
French and Japanese colonial empires in Asia and Africa. In doing so, it
had to deal with local aspirations that did not always accord with
American plans. To put down insubordination, disorder and disloyalty in
its sphere, the new "majority stockholder" also appointed itself the
"world policeman." During the Cold War, Washington intervened militarily
in foreign countries more than 200 times. 
Don't mess with the U.S.A., buster!
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