War And The Intensity Of The War Essay

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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 World War II was because the “axis” between Japan, German, and Italy threatened expansion. As Warren Kimball, the author of “Franklin D. Roosevelt and World War II,” mentions, “…by 1941, the Japanese had managed to convince Roosevelt and his administration that the "axis" powers posed a…

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