1890--Wounded Knee, South Dakota, when the 'brave' heavily armed American cavalry slaughtered mostly Sioux women and children. But only after first moving the 'First Peoples' to some of the shittiest areas they could find and then slowly starving them to death.
The US government even had the nerve to award the Medal of Honor to 20 troopers for bravery in shooting unarmed women and children. Here's one MOH citation for 'bravery above and beyond the call of duty.'
For "conspicuous bravery in rounding up and bringing to the skirmish line a stampeded pack mule."
By the end of the wars against the Native Americans, we could feel 'exceptional' about murdering at least 3 million and probably closer to 15 million or more Indians.
American Horse (1840–1908); Chief, Oglala Lakota: who witnessed the Wounded Knee massacre:
"There was a woman with an infant in her arms who was killed as she almost touched the flag of truce ... A mother was shot down with her infant; the child not knowing that its mother was dead was still nursing ... The women as they were fleeing with their babies were killed together, shot right through ... and after most all of them had been killed a cry was made that all those who were not killed or wounded should come forth and they would be safe. Little boys ... came out of their places of refuge, and as soon as they came in sight a number of soldiers surrounded them and butchered them there."Of the over 500 treaties the USA made with the 'Red Man,' all were broken by the government.
The Spanish-American War of 1898, which evolved into the Philippine–American War, 1899-1902, war which the famous American author, Mark Twain called our troops "our uniformed assassins."
Fresh from butchering the native American population, the American Empire went abroad looking for more bodies to 'liberate' with rifles, artillery and machine guns. Then President McKinley tried to hide this naked aggression behind the folds of Christianity when he said:
"One night late it came to me this way - I don’t know how it was, but it came: (1) That we could not give them (i.e. the Philippines) back to Spain - that would be cowardly and dishonorable; (2) that we could not turn them over to France and Germany - our commercial rivals in the Orient - that would be bad business and discreditable; (3) that we could not leave them to themselves - they were unfit for self-government - and they would soon have anarchy and misrule over there worse than Spain’s was; and (4) that there was nothing left for us to do but to take them all, and to educate the Filipinos, and uplift and civilize and Christianize them, and by God’s grace do the very best we could by them, as our fellow-men for whom Christ also died."During this war, America introduced to the Fililpinos a form of 'water-boarding,' called the "water cure:"
Water cure as a phrase for a form of torture refers to a method in which the victim is forced to drink large quantities of water in a short time, resulting in gastric distension, water intoxication, and possibly death.A report at the time noted its lethality; "a soldier who was with General Funston had stated that he helped to administer the water cure to one hundred and sixty natives, all but twenty-six of whom died".
Often the victim has the mouth forced or wedged open, the nose closed with pincers and a funnel or strip of cloth forced down the throat. The victim has to drink all the water (or other liquids such as bile or urine) poured into the funnel to avoid drowning. The stomach fills until near bursting and is sometimes beaten until the victim vomits and the torture begins again.
In November 1901, the Manila correspondent of the Philadelphia Ledger wrote:
"The present war is no bloodless, opera bouffe engagement; our men have been relentless, have killed to exterminate men, women, children, prisoners and captives, active insurgents and suspected people from lads of ten up, the idea prevailing that the Filipino as such was little better than a dog..."Damn, Americans sure have a hard-on for indigenous peoples. Like the ones in SE Asia:
During the Korean War of 1950-53, the U.S. dropped 635,000 tons of bombs and 32,000 tons of napalm, mostly on North Korea.7 And from 1961 to 1972, American aircraft dropped approximately one million tons of bombs on North Vietnam, and much more on rural areas of South Vietnam — approximately 4 million tons of bombs, 400,000 tons of napalm, and 19 million gallons of herbicides.50 years after the US military intervention in the Vietnam War, the weapons it used continue to harm the local population. Unexploded mines still take lives and the consequences of “Agent Orange” claim new victims. A defoliant used by the US Air Force to destroy forests where Vietcong guerrilla fighters were taking cover, “Agent Orange” is highly toxic to humans. The chemical not only severely harmed the health of those immediately exposed to it, but also led to birth defects in subsequent generations. Its impact is still being felt in Vietnam, where it is estimated that around 5 million people are suffering from its damaging effects. They call it their “orange pain.”
Whew, so much American exceptionalism, and I've barely scratched the surface.
Guess it needs to be broken up into several blogs.