I suppose Ireland has Imperial desires then, too. Currently, Ireland has troops deployed in 14 locations around the world, including Syria, Serbia, Kosovo and other hot spots, and was engaged in Afghanistan and Iraq, as well. Irish Army
. Coming from Irish stock myself I know that Irishmen make fearsome soldiers, as the American Civil War demonstrated. Celts spread their culture throughout Europe and even into Africa and Asia.
The reality is that the United States is really, really big. Its landmass stretches from the Atlantic to the Pacific. It has a population of a third of a billion. It has the largest economy in the world (except on some days) World's largest economies
. It's going to have an impact in the world, that is unavoidable. It is also true that it seeks to have political influence around the world. It has entered into hundreds of treaties with other nations. USDOS - Treaties in Force
. It provides financial aid to hundreds as well. USAID
. Being so large, and so influential, it has been involved in military conflicts in most of the decades of its existence and sacrificed millions of its own people outside of its own shores. None of that, none
of that, demonstrates imperial ambitions.
Indeed, as Ardy
notes, if we intend to be an imperial power, we sure go about it in strange ways - withdrawing from Iraq, Afghanistan, Panama, the Phillipines. Ardy
has offered a definition of imperialism (which, by the way, has a common and universal understanding) with which you clearly disagree. Perhaps offering an alternative definition might move the discussion forward.