What Is Kinzer's Argument Of Long Term Failure

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Essay #3 “Overthrow”
Stephen Scarlett
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Stephen Kinzer does an excellent job with explaining the process of the United States of overthrowing foreign governments when conflicts were emerged. In the 1800’s, America had a new radical idea which marked the era that that United States assumed they had the right to intervene anywhere in the entire world. Not only did The United States assume they had the right to intervene but also overthrowing governments. The first time intervention and overthrowing was tested was when Hawaii and other countries rose against Spain in 1898. The United States was reacting to circumstances that was caused and created by other countries. William Howard Taft was the first president that acted on his own
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The consequences from the Iraq War resulted with 2,500 American deaths, tens of thousands of death of Iraqis many being civilians, humanitarian crisis, political and economic negative consequences, etc. President Bush’s reason to invade Iraq was to spread liberty around the world and to make world peace. After researching, many people do not truly do not think we had a legitimate enough reason to invade Iraq. I believe this goes back to the mentality America has of overthrowing foreign governments for ideological, political, and economic reasons. In my opinion, the Iraq War was the most compelling case for his argument of long term failure. That is because many people realized that the United States did not benefit and suffered more entering a war that was not necessary to enter. It is sad how long this took to realize that overthrowing governments and foreign leaders for economic/political interests has occurred for hundreds of years in the United States and has had more long term consequences. I believe it took the Iraq War for people to realize how long this has been truly going on.
The differences of places and events all have different short term benefits and outcomes. The differences all do have similarities and that is how the United States has abused its power and how each scenario has caused more long term issues and problems. It was probably not worth all the trouble in the long run just for some short term economic benefits. The long term consequences have caused poverty and instability among countries. I truly could not find a case that was weak because in my opinion, each time occurred because of the United States’ own

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