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Every Empire begins its conquest of a new country by stealth, usually masked by commerce or “aid.”

If the entire southwestern US ceded by treaty as the terms of Mexico’s surrender, or a century of federal Indian policy that saw continual armed conflict as the principal means of distributing territory, or the cession of Cuba, Puerto Rico and the Phillippines as a result of yet another war, can all be called “stealth”, then I suppose you might have a point.

Might have a hard time explaining the “stealth” part to the casualties, though.