> "Perhaps the USA should learn to let countries develop on their
> own, rather than making them lust for power and wealth the way
> it has."
> US = bad - ok we can agree, to a point. But do you seriously
> think that countries/people/leaders, etc., need the US pushing
> them in order to lust after power and wealth? What caused the
> number of empires to lust after the same loooong before the US
> was around?
True enough, back when countries were still finding their borders. But now its the 21st century and you can't do anything without being scrutinized on an international level. The drive to control territory outside of one's borders has been a hugely US characteristic over the past century.
Now if you're not on side with the US, then you're the enemy. All this anti-China propaganda, which is not unlike the anti-Iran propaganda, is just a pre-text to war. My point is that if you want to let the US go around nation-changing, then expect those countries to behave just like the US (i.e. spreading their ways to the less 'civilized').