Sitting Bull, from “Custer on the Slipstream”, by Gerald Vizenor
this passage was striking both for its explicit political message and because it’s pretty true: when the US goes in and invades Iraq or Afghanistan, after they win they give the country back to Afghan politicians (at first hand-picked, then elected). after World War II, Germany was restored to a civilian government (or at West Germany was).
but not indigenous nations.
but neither WWII nor Afghanistan were fought because Americans wanted to settle in Germany / Afghanistan, of course no American administration was left behind after the war - a better comparison might be with, for example, (Northern) Bukovina - settling there was one of the reasons why the Soviet Union entered the war (it was one of the demands in Molotov-Ribbentrop) so after the war it wasn’t returned to Romania (instead the Romanian population was forced out while Ukrainians moved in)
fair; the underlying point identified here (although not explicitly by Vizenor) being that there is a difference between settler colonialisms and other forms of imperialism or colonialism (and between military activity related to settler colonialism and other kinds of military activity).