QUOTE(Peter Damian @ Sun 1st May 2011, 1:52am)
it merely serves to link to the Wikipedia article on American Imperialism http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/American_impe...ral_Imperialism
And what a shitty crappy article that one is too. I have never read anything so rubbishy or biased.
I have seen many shittier, crappier articles, but that one has obvious problems. First of all, the whole section on "American Exceptionalism" is WP:SYNTH; no sources are provided that link that concept to imperialism, but the article continues on as if there were. It is interesting that the article contains a reference to Alfred T. Mahan, but fails to connect him to the administration of Teddy Roosevelt, the first US President to embrace imperialism. Roosevelt is briefly mentioned in the article, without a first name ("Early in his career, as Assistant Secretary of the Navy, Roosevelt was instrumental in preparing the Navy for the Spanish–American War...") There is no direct mention of financial imperialism, which is the most significant kind. I think that with a bit of cleanup, this article could be every bit as good as the average WP piece of crap.