There is another drumbeat growing for the United States to go to war. The media is walking in lockstep with bi-partisans in Washington, DC and with the war profiteers to this end. The likely next president, Hillary Clinton, is calling for escalation in Syria with a no fly zone that risks conflict with Russia, a nation she has been demonizing.
How often has the United States been misled into war? How often have the people of the United States been lied to about the need for war, e.g. using a “humanitarian crisis” to justify mass slaughter and the creation of a failed state as in Libya; Weapons of Mass Destruction that did not exist in Iraq leading to a war that created much of the chaos that exists in the region today; and the 9/11 attackthat has led to the longest war in US history when it should have led to the arrest of the prime suspect, Osama bin Laden, and his trial in the Hague.
The beginning of US Empire, after the US took control of the continent with wars for Manifest Destiny, was the Spanish-American war, which was triggered by the explosion of munitions on board the USS Maine. The event was originally blamed on a mine in the harbor, but now is understood as more likely from internal combustion from the coal-based fuel. The US entry into World War I was caused by the sinking of the Lusitania by Germany, which at the time seemed like only a passenger ship but in later investigations found to be carrying weapons for the war against Germany. US entry into World War II came after the attack on Pearl Harbor, but rarely mentioned in the account was that Japan was reacting to an act of war by the United States, the blockading of Japan. The blockade was one of eight actions recommended and implemented by FDR from the McCollum Memo, others included putting US Naval bases as well as sending divisions of ships and submarines to the Asia Pacific, as well as aiding Chiang-Kai-Shek of China, all done to push Japan into taking an overt act of war. The memo remained classified until 1994.