“Providence has given the United States the duty of extending Christian civilization. We come as ministering angels, not despots.” Senator Knute Nelson (R) regarding the treaty of Paris 1898, in which large parts of the Spanish Empire were handed over to the new American one after the Spanish-American War.
It is a strange statement also for the fact that the regions acquired were exclusively Catholic. Sadly, fighting to hold the land had already started. How often we make the same mistakes again and again.