There are four types of wars, punitive, protective, pacification and profiteering. America from 1800 to 1941 were the best in the world when it came to conducting wars of punitive actions. From 1800 to 1934 U.S. Marines went ashore on foreign soil 180 times. These were small wars the the vast majority were punitive actions. (The Banana Wars were wars of profiteering) Punitive action: You go in, you break things, blacken some eyes, break noses, break an arm and then kick them in the balls leaving a message if we have to come back again we'll break all of your limbs and cut your penis and balls off. It was very effective and worked extremely well for 140 years.