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Remember The Maine

February 16, 2012 by  

By the late 1800s, the Spanish empire was rapidly waning and primarily consisted of Cuba, Puerto Rico, the Philippines and Guam.

But Spain’s hold over Cuba was becoming tenuous. The Cuban people were growing increasingly unhappy with Spanish rule, and the Ten Year’s War of 1868-1897 did not alleviate their grievances. Although the war was over, minor rebellions continued.

Americans had their eyes on Cuba at this time for two reasons: A few wealthy investors had about $50 million invested in the Cuban sugar and tobacco crops and the iron industry, and the American citizens identified with a people seeking independence from imperialism.

A Cuban exile group based in New York was propagandizing about the cruel and inhumane treatment Spanish rulers were imposing on the Cuban people. The mainstream media, led by William Randolph-Hearst and Joseph Pulitzer, were exaggerating and fabricating stories of Spanish barbarism. When sent to cover the situation for Hearst’s newspapers, artist and correspondent Frederick Remington wrote back, “There is no war. Request to be recalled.” Hearst replied, “Please remain. You furnish the pictures, I’ll furnish the war.”

With American sentiment ramped up in favor of the Cuban people and against Spain and with wealthy interests growing increasingly concerned about the safety of their investments, President William McKinley sent the USS Maine to Cuba to protect Americans and their investments. On Feb. 15, 1898, three weeks after it arrived and while docked at harbor, the U.S.S. Maine exploded and 260 American sailors died.

Hearst’s newspapers immediately placed the blame for the explosion on a Spanish mine. In the ensuing days, Hearst’s newspapers ramped up the war fever in the American people. On April 22, 1898, McKinley ordered a blockade of Cuba’s northern coast and the port of Santiago. The next day, a joint resolution of Congress declared Cuba an independent nation and demanded a withdrawal of Spanish forces. On April 24, Spain declared war on the United States. The U.S. Congress, determined to be the first to declare war, declared war on April 25, but made it retroactive to April 22.

The war was over in less than four months and resulted in a free Cuba and the annexation by the United States of Puerto Rico, the Philippines and Guam, and a “temporary” tax on long distance telephone calls that lasted until 2005 and reaped almost $94 billion, about 230 times the cost of the war. It also began America’s march toward imperialism we see coming to fruition today.

An official U.S. Navy Court of Inquiry determined the ship was blown up by a mine. But more likely the explosion was the result of an accidental spark in a dusty coal bin or an act of sabotage carried out to draw America into the war.

Regardless, there is little doubt the yellow journalists of the day exploited the incident, and it is one of the first false flag events used to direct U.S. foreign policy.


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Bob Livingston

is an ultra-conservative American and author of The Bob Livingston Letter™, founded in 1969. Bob has devoted much of his life to research and the quest for truth on a variety of subjects. Bob specializes in health issues such as nutritional supplements and alternatives to drugs, as well as issues of privacy (both personal and financial), asset protection and the preservation of freedom.

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  • Deerinwater

    Nice evenhanded write Mr. Livingston. You presented it as I was taught it.

    One note here, The Spanish had a wooden navy and America a steel ship navy at the time. Needless to say the outcome was certain and swift. Their navy was sent to the bottom while moored in their own swallow bay.

  • Al

    We also acquired the spanish battleship “Reina Mercedes” which became the station ship for the US Naval Academy and was still there in 1955 when I graduated.

  • Deerinwater

    Hmm? construction dust !

  • Jimbo

    Even today Cuban exiles and big business interests propagandize against the Cuban government and for a never ending embargo. Others advocate for action against Iran to protect Israel. People never learn. We are sheep being led astray.

  • Jimbo

    My hope is all the world’s war mongerers wind up in hell where they belong, or at least a nice war part of purgatory where they’ll have to sort out their problems before rejoining the rest of humanity/ They will probably be situated next door to the sleezy used car salesmen, lawyers, scam artists, and crooked politicians.

  • s c

    I have two points. First, THANKS for NOT mentioning the usual glossy remarks about Teddy Roosevelt and his San Juan Hill ‘thing.’ The way the scenario played out, it’s almost enough to wonder if our adventure was just a part of a plan to gear up the idea of spreading democracy because ‘only America is good enough and noble enough to do it.’
    Second, about that effing phone tax. Is that not a prime example of Americans being raped by Congress? If that damned ‘war’ was over circa 1900 (no, I’m not going to look it up) then WHY and HOW could Congress be so stupid, greedy and so full of career criminals until 2005?
    Are Americans stupid or what? We should get a healthy REFUND out of the deal, and every politician who signed on to that damned legislation should have had their RETIREMENT revoked! American history, my aching ____!
    That was socially engineered ‘history.’


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