US Foreign Policy: The Paradox Of World War

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The reasons for and manners in which a leader decides to engage in war usually vary from one war to the next. However, the reasons for engaging in war and the intensity of the war can certainly be similar. A comparison of the United States’ involvement in World War II, Korea in the 1950s, and Vietnam in the 1960s, shows the similar patterns for United States interests in foreign disputes. The United States ultimately became involved in World War II, Korea, and Vietnam to put an end to the expansion of communism, but unlike in World War II, the United States’ fought limited wars in Korea and Vietnam due to concerns for the safety of the American population, the costliness of war, and because of conflicts in political agendas. The United States initially decided to enter World War II after the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor. Steven Hook, the author of “U.S. Foreign Policy: The Paradox of World Power,” explains that “Three days later, Germany, which had formed an ‘axis’ with Japan and Italy, declared war against the United States. Domestic debates on American intervention ended” (38). There was no turning back for the United States after that decision. The reason that America wanted to enter …show more content…
In terms of the reasons the United States limited themselves during wars, one reason seemed constant. High expenses and personal agendas were sometimes reasons why the United States was limited during the wars, but it seems as if the safety of American troops was consistently under consideration. The president of the United States has a tough job of balancing the protection of American troops, while trying to effectively defeat the enemy. More recently, President Barack Obama is facing that dilemma with the ISIS terrorist organization. This type of dilemma will most likely haunt presidents of the United States for many more years to

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