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Saturday March 29, 2003
10:45 AM

spanish-american war, all over again?

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I heard an interesting essay on NPR noting that the Iraq situation may be a repeat of the Spanish-American war. And 103 years later, Cuba still isn't "free" or "democratic".

Searching news-google, I found this piece that goes into some of the comparisons.

From that war, we got the "Cuba Libre" drink (rum and coke, with a lime). What drink will come of this war?

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  • The Spanish-American war was a catalyst for American imperialism, rather than the result of it. Expansionism aside, America was isolationist through most of the Spanish occupation and the Cuban revolt. Even as diplomacy failed post-rebellion, military involvement was still simply limited to asset protection. Until the Maine. (Remember the Maine? :-)

    The Maine incident and America's subsequent military involvement is probably more telling of the newly-found muscle of the American media than anything. M