I ran across a paragraph in the Declaration of Independence, that seems to set the at least part of the path that the US has subsequently followed. Referring to the kind of England (King George), that paragraph reads:
“He has excited domestic insurrections amongst us, and has endeavoured to bring on the inhabitants of our frontiers, the merciless Indian Savages whose known rule of warfare, is an undistinguished destruction of all ages, sexes and conditions.”
It claims that this land does NOT belong to the native Americans by declaring “OUR FRONTIERS”, as if the European immigrants owned this land. Then it labels these people as merciless savages, who were incited by the British. This belies the effects of the invasion by the Europeans and domination of the native peoples which they rightly resisted. This of what we would do if our country, or even our homes, were invaded.
Looking past this, we can see that domination has been part and parcel of the history of the United States. Think slavery, and increasing domination by the corporate elite and the suppression of workers rights, in this county as well as the domination of foreign lands. This is and was done, not in the self proclaimed interests of freedom and democracy, but in the name of National Interests.
One needs only read (http://www.salon.com/news/opinion/glenn_greenwald/) or “Peoples History of the United States by Howard Zinn to see the truth in this.