Below is an extract from Tragedy and Hope regarding Cuba which also implicates the US 
as an Imperial Power.  Now Quigley is an apologist for the establishment according to 
Skousen if I remember "The Naked Capitalist", or was it "The Naked Communist?"
The agrarian discontent, the growth of monopolies, the oppression of labor, and the 
excesses of Wall Street financiers made the country (USA) very restless in the period 
1890 - 1900.  All this could have been alleviated merely by increasing the supply of 
money sufficiently to raise prices somewhat, but the financiers in this period, just 
as thirty years later, were determined to defend the gold standard no matter what 
happened.  In looking about for some issue which would distract public discontent from 
domestic economic issues, what better solution than a crisis in foreign affairs?  
Cleveland had stumbled upon this alternative, more or less accidentally, in 1895 when 
he stirred up a controversy with Great Britain over Venezuela.  The great opportunity 
came with the Cuban revolt against Spain in 1895.  While the "yellow press," led by 
William Randolph Hearst, roused public opinion, Henry Cabot Lodge and Theodore 
Roosevelt plotted how they could best get the United States into the fracas.  They got 
the excuse they needed when the American battleship Maine was sunk by a mysterious 
explosion in Havana harbor in February 1898.  In two months the United States declared 
war on Spain to fight for Cuban independence.  The resulting victory revealed the 
United States as a world naval power, established it as an imperialist power with 
possession of Puerto Rico, Guam, and the Philippines, whetted some appetites for 
imperialist glory, and covered the transition from the long drawn age of semi 
depression to a new period of prosperity.  This new period of prosperity was spurred 
to some extent by the increased demand for industrial products arising from the war, 
but even more by the new period of rising prices associated with considerable increase 
in the world production of gold from South Africa and Alaska after 1895
Dr Carroll Quigley, Tragedy and Hope, A History of the World in Our Time, 1966, second 
printing 1974.

You can half tell he's an academic, eh!!!?

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