Buying The War : The Cold War Essay

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Buying the War

In September of 2002, the United States was hijacked on the idea of preemptive war with Iraq. Most Americans supported the war because it was reported by White House officials that Iraq was an immediate threat to the United States. Piggybacking off the claim that Iraq funded and trained the terrorist responsible for September 11, President Bush launched troops into Iraq. But the mainstream media and the President failed how exactly Iraq was connected to 9/11 or how Iraq had weapons of mass destruction. The United States was blinded by anger and was seeking revenge. Iraq was caught in the crosshairs of a political agenda of a man who was attacking countries based on the one percent chance they could be a threat.

During the 19th century the United States was very reluctant to use their military. Even throughout the 20th century, America did not like to intervene with European affairs. But something happened to America at the end of the 20th century: The Cold War. With the Cold War came the idea of Truman Doctrine, or better known as containment. Containment brought many conflicts with it including Vietnam and Korea. It also began to stretch the US military across the globe and placed the citizens in constant fear of nuclear war. Following the end of the USSR in 1991, America was left as the number one superpower. Throughout the next 20 years, the constant threat of nuclear weapons, failing states, and the rise of terrorism seemed to change the…

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