He told tea party activists in Texas that "If you're German, or you're from Japan, or you're from China, you don't want to have people saying that. The Philippine—American War ensued, with extensive damage and death, ultimately resulting in the defeat of the Philippine Republic.
Mark Twain was very different.
People began to sense that there was a need to export some of social problems, and the way to do this would be to find foreign markets.
We had serious war crimes committed as a matter of official military policy. The loss of Cuba caused a national trauma because of the affinity of peninsular Spaniards with Cuba, which was seen as another province of Spain rather than as a colony.
Our ignorance of what really happened feeds our puzzlement as to why we are not so beloved in the world.
Though the Truman Doctrine and Reagan Doctrine framed the mission as protecting free peoples against an undemocratic system, anti-Soviet foreign policy became coercive and occasionally covert.