From Sovereign Man:
One of my favorite books is the Personal Memoirs of Ulysses S. Grant – West Point graduate, Union commander, former President, and failed businessman. It's a bit long-winded, but brutally honest, and much of the first volume deals with Grant's personal experiences as a young military officer during the Mexican War.
The Mexican War was a turning point in American history; fought between 1846-1848 after the U.S. annexation of Texas, it represented many unfortunate firsts for the United States:
... The war was also the first time (of many, many more to come) that the U.S. government outright lied as a pretext to declare war. The official story spun by President James Polk at the time was that Mexican forces invaded the United States, unprovoked, and 'shed American blood on American soil.'
This account has been rejected by historians, as well as by Grant in his memoirs:
"We were sent to provoke a fight, but it was essential that Mexico should commence it. It was very doubtful whether Congress would declare war; but if Mexico should attack our troops, the Executive could… prosecute the contest with vigor. Once initiated there were but few public men who would have the courage to oppose it."
Grant later writes, "Experience proves that the man who obstructs a war in which his nation is engaged, no matter whether right or wrong, occupies no enviable place in life or history."
Not much has changed. The next 165 years of warfare in the United States are filled with lies, deceit, false flag operations, imperialistic conquest, and state-sponsored media propaganda. Those who dared question the official stories were vilified and dismissed as unpatriotic conspiracy theorists.
The most recent example was...
More lies from Washington: