"There is a depressing sense that one has seen and read about current American policy formulations before. Each great metropolitan center that aspired to global dominance has said, and alas done, many of the same things. There is always the appeal to power and national interest in running the affairs of lesser peoples; there is the same destructive zeal when the going gets a little rough, or when natives rise up and reject a compliant and unpopular ruler who was ensnared and kept in place by the imperial power; there is the horrifically predictable disclaimer that ‘we’ are exceptional, not imperial, not about to repeat the mistake of earlier power, a disclaimer that has been routinely followed by making the mistake, as witness the Vietnam and Gulf wars. Worse yet has been the amazing, if often passive, collaboration with these practices on the part of intellectuals, artists, journalist whose positions at home are progressive and full of admirable sentiments, but the opposite when it comes to what is done abroad in their name."
Edward Said, Culture and Imperialism
It is eerie how accurately that describes America right now.