Below are just a few examples of the reasons the U.S. Government has given its citizens for marching to war.
I apologize at the Incompleteness of this thread, I have been working on it for a bit but the Current situation made me feel the need to post what I
The Spanish American War.
: The Sinking of the Maine.
The U.S. Navy’s investigation, made public on March 28, concluded that the ship’s powder magazines were ignited when an external explosion
was set off under the ship’s hull. This report poured fuel on popular indignation in the U.S., making the war inevitable.
Spain’s investigation came to the opposite conclusion: the explosion originated within the ship. Other investigations in later years came to various
contradictory conclusions, but had no bearing on the coming of the war. In 1974, Admiral Hyman George Rickover had his staff look at the documents
and decided there was an internal explosion.
US 4 Star general Rickover claims it was internal, Modern computer modeling is inconclusive, doesn't mater because...
THE PAY OFF
The United States gained all of Spain's colonies outside of Africa in the treaty, including the Philippines, Guam and Puerto Rico.
The Sinking of the Lusitania.
Now the Lusitania is different than the Maine, as it was a civilian cruse ship that was sunk by a German U-boat. Which is true, but the problem is the
way it was being used.
The Declaration of Paris codified the rules for naval engagements involving civilian vessels. The so-called Cruiser Rules required that the crew
and passengers of civilian ships must be safeguarded in the event that the ship is to be confiscated or sunk. These rules also placed some onus on the
ship itself, in that the merchant ship had to be flying its own flag, and not pretending to be of a different nationality. Also, it had to stop when
confronted and allow itself to be boarded and searched, and it was not allowed to be armed or to take any hostile or evasive actions. However when
war was declared, British merchant ships were given orders to ram submarines that surfaced to implement warnings as per the Cruiser Rules
British ignored the above endangering every civilian ocean liner they had.
The Lusitania was also carrying war munitions making it a target (remember the don't hide in Mosque argument, same apply here).
THE PAY OFF:
There has long been a theory, expressed by historian and former British naval intelligence officer Patrick Beesly and author Donald E. Schmidt
among others, that Lusitania was deliberately placed in danger by the British authorities, so as to entice a U-Boat attack and thereby drag the USA
into the war on the side of Britain. A week before the sinking of the Lusitania, Winston Churchill wrote to Walter Runciman, the President
of the Board of Trade, stating that it is "most important to attract neutral shipping to our shores, in the hope especially of embroiling the United
States with Germany."
A strong Argument can be made the Sinking of the Lusitania changed the course of the war allowing the US to enter.
Pearl Harbor, I am skipping as I feel it is mostly known the issues around RADAR, and all the warnings the US got about the attack before
Golf of Tonkin:
Reports where that on August 4, 1964 that the USS Maddox fought 3 Vietnamese Navy boats, The problem is, NO such incident happened on August 4.
Nothing Happened at all on Aug 4th, There was however something on Aug 2nd, the facts didn't matter it was time for war.
An excuse to increase US presence in Vietnam and escalation to the Vietnam war.
Do I need to even list Iraq and Libya?
History has proven that the US doesn't need reasons to go to war other than economic, the only thing it needs is a good excuse and patriotism, to get
its people behind War.
America's history of waging wars on Half-truths, Propaganda and out right lies is becoming clear to us all now, The lies are becoming paper thin.
Just in the past years its becoming fairly clear We never had the Moral Right, WE have all lived long enough to see the US become the Enemy of
Democracy and free people everywhere.
NSA, PRISIM, DRONES, IRAQ, LYBIA, SYRIA, there is far more but those are just the tip and most recent of American Governments disservice to its
Citizens and the World.
How many of the worlds Sons and Daughters have we lost to outright lies and greed?