U.S. General James H. Wilson, military governor of Matanzas province during the military occupation of Cuba , (1898-1902) : “If my views are carried out into effect, Cuba will be in the [U.S.] Union within ten years.” [JG: what an ignorant!]
U.S. General William Shafter: "Why, those people [in Cuba] are no more fit for self-government than gunpowder is for hell."
U.S. General Samuel Young: "the [Cuban revolutionary] insurgents are a lot of degenerates, absolutely devoid of honor or gratitude. They are no more capable of self-government than the savages of Africa."
Source: The War of 1898, The United States & Cuba in history & historiography.
Louis A. Pérez
The University of North Carolina Press, 1998.
JG: Rabid racism and Yankee imperialism statements like these do not help the United States gain very many friends around the world in the 21st century. I wonder what are U.S. generals saying today about the “savages” in Iraq and Afghanistan? Arrogance and empire, thy name is United States!