American War Essay

830 Words Mar 24th, 2015 4 Pages
The United States in 1846 was not justified in going to war with Mexico. The United States did not have proper justification to respond with violence against the Mexican government. The war with Mexico was also a product of the United States’ belief of manifest destiny. Polk’s over ambition to seize new territory from the Mexicans and disappointment over their refusal to sell him California also possibly played a factor in his willingness to wage war against Mexico. The United States under the leadership of president Polk clearly provoked Mexico into attacking US troops. All these reasons show that the US had no business starting a war with Mexico for territory that was rightfully theirs. The war with Mexico came at a time when …show more content…
This led Polk to frustration and his willingness to try backhanded and sneaky new ways to get the Mexicans to give him the territories that he desired. This showed that Polk was consumed with greed for new territory. He no longer cared how he claimed his no territory. Polk was consumed with a need to make his campaign promises a reality and to make the prophecy of manifest destiny a reality. His greed for land is evident in his behind the back tactics that he attempted to employ against the Mexicans. He also was seeking a form of revenge for the deaths at the Alamo and the refusal of his proposal to buy California from the Mexicans. Polk was so greedy for land that he was willing to risk blood shed and death of his citizens for revenge against the rejection of a proposed treaty and his want for manifest destiny. Quite possibly the strongest of all reasons that the US was unjust in going to war with Mexico in 1846 was that the US forces were in the disputed territory too purposely insight the Mexicans into starting the conflict so the US would look like they were the good guys in the incident. The US troops were commanded to cross over the Nueces river to the banks of the Rio Grande. This was a move to get the Mexicans to attack US troops on land that was claimed by both countries. This did not work out as planned at first and the Mexicans wouldn’t attack. This

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