Nations, like humans, also have their share of pathologies. For the USA it is the insatiable thirst for power and control to sustain the American way of life. Control of the Earth’s resources (or the more flashy term used by military think tanks – “full spectrum domination” or “new world order”).
As a consequence, it has a grim record of violation of (and blatant disregard for) international law. It has been the greatest aggressor – subverting the natural course of democracy, overthrowing democratically elected governments, replacing with the most brutal dictatorships, using the most clandestine means, such as recruiting, arming, turning people into guerrillas.
A good book I recommend is “Understanding Power” by Noam Chomsky. Though it’s mainly about US foreign policy, it gives you a general idea of the politics of power, as it applies to different walks of life. Disclaimer: I’m in no way a Chomsky “fan” nor “left”. I’d hold my own grounds, and would say if anything that I’m liberal conservative.
Here’s a list of the countries that the U.S. has bombed since the end of World War II, in the name of establishing “democracy” or “freedom”, as compiled by historian William Blum:
El Salvador 1980s
And now for the test: in how many of these instances did a democratic government, respectful of human rights, occur as a direct result?