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Lt. Colonel John Bacevich, a West Point graduate and International Affairs Fellow with the Council on Foreign Relations, described the motives of U.S. foreign policy in 1986

The Democratic Facade

Daniel Hellinger and Dennis R. Judd,, p203
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We can see today that the Army's primary task down to the present has continued to be precisely what it was in Korea: the application of force to maintain the global status quo that emerged from World War II. While the United States does not claim a formal empire...the Army since 1945 has played the historical role of an imperial defense force, called on repeatedly to protect far-flung American interests threatened by global brush fires and by the winds of political change.