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Since most people believe the United States was founded upon the premise of liberty when it defeated the British Empire to win its independence, it is hard to come to grips with the concept that the United States of America is, and has always been, an empire despite what most people believed. The United States is opposed to empires, except its own empire. The United States was founded upon the aspiration to be an empire that would surpass the British Empire. It has relentlessly pursued this ambition since it began. Please consider the Declaration of Independence as mere window dressing. The facts do not lie. Look and see what was done not what people said they were doing. Everyone has been mislead from the beginning — from 1776 and before.
Among other things, the United States is obsessed with controlling oil, worldwide. This policy continues the strategic initiative of the British Empire when it was decided in the late 1800s that oil from Persia would replace coal from Wales to fuel the Royal Navy. Iran is important to the United States because the Islamic Republic of Iran blocks easy exports of oil from the Caspian Sea. The United States has always gotten most of its imported oil from Canada, Mexico and Venezuela, not from this region. The only vital U.S. interest involved is U.S. power and Washington's compulsion to dominate the world. Running the world has nothing to do with defence or putting gas in your car and heating you home. The empire imperils everyone, not merely the designated enemy of the moment.