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Overthrow
America's Century of Regime Change from Haiti to Iraq
by Stephen Kinzer
Times Books, 2006, paper, p107
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Why did Americans support policies that brought suffering to people in foreign lands? There are two reasons, so intertwined that they became one. The essential reason is that American control of faraway places came to be seen as vital to the material prosperity of the United States. This explanation, however, is wrapped inside another one: the deep-seated belief of most Americans that their country is a force for good in the world.