The Tortured Legacy of the Mexican-American War, Part 1

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News Story Source: https://www.fff.org, by Danny Sjursen
When either Donald Trump, or the current long-shot hopeful Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii) calls for an end to such wars, the establishment Left and Right both attack the term as a "Russian," or "Putin," talking point. The contemporary polarization of the term is peculiar, given that historically regime-change wars are as American as apple pie. Still, one can understand the reluctance of today's influential American-exceptionalism-crowd to repeat the phrase.
After all, republics aren't supposed to invade and conquer foreign states. Nevertheless, the inconvenient truth is that the United States did just that a little more than 60 years after the thirteen original colonies' own successful rebellion against the British empire.

Seen in this context then, the 1846 U.S. invasion of Mexico — popularly, if misleadingly, dubbed the Mexican-American War — must rate as an acute pivot point in the young nation's history. Sure, the colonists, and th
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