Essay on George Washington 's Farewell Address

1214 Words Jan 11th, 2016 5 Pages
The history of the United States has become defined by a lack of definition in several aspects of what makes a country 's reputation. Initially known throughout the world as the “Grand Experiment,” the U.S. has become notorious for its fluctuation of stances towards particularly divisive topics. When it comes to controlling the size of the military, the U.S. as a government, as a society, and as a warring nation has had many different stances on the size, structure, and expenditure of the U.S. military. As a country born out of rebellion, a strong military was initially in the nature of the U.S., because they needed to be internationally recognized for their sovereignty as an independent nation. A prominent message still to this day, George Washington’s farewell address in 1796 would set the standard for U.S. foreign policy for the next 100 years. Washington advocated that the US take a stance of non-interventionism, his belief that a large military threatened the liberties of a republic controlled the US defense policy for 100 years. The point at which Washington era isolationism died was during the Spanish American war. A couple decades of territorial expansion accompanied by Theodore Roosevelt 's “Speak softly and carry a big stick” ideology marked a turning point in the importance the US placed on military.
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