This is a war that is only visible when the big pattern is revealed over time. If you could play the seemingly-isolated events of a slow war in speeded-up time, its real nature would be visible
Sine the end of the 19th century, the U.S. has been conducting a slow war against Latin America. Sometimes the individual battles are heated and seem like a real war. At other times its an invasion here, a coup there, economic pressure by treaties, deals with authoritarian dictators, etc. Run it all together and see the big picture and its one big, long imperial adventure--a slow war.