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The United States as a restless giantIn the aftermath of the Vietnam War, the nation...
Topic: HistoryThe United States as a restless giant
In the aftermath of the Vietnam War, the nation struggled as a giant might to generate positive momentum. Select one specific challenge that, in your opinion, was the most significant problem that confronted the United States between 1974 and 1999. Why did you select this topic? What were the reasons it had such a great impact on the nation? How did it contribute to America being a “restless giant”? Also, incorporate and cite in APA format one of the primary sources in your response that you found in the textbook.
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High School Teacher
The United States' invasion of Iraq in the first Gulf War was certainly one of the nation's most important military decisions during this time period. Since the decision was based only partly on maintaining Kuwait's independence--after all, our main reason was to protect the oil supplies in the area--it has led Americans into believing that we should exert our power internationally whenever necessary. The second Gulf War invasion, ostensibly to protect us from Iraq's supposed cache of weapons of mass destruction, produced no evidence of WMDs, and only served to allow then President George Bush to flex his political muscle against the man (Saddam Hussein) who had previously put a bounty on Bush's father's head (the first President Bush). The second invasion and the continued presence of American troops in Afghanistan has cost America trillions of dollars; additionally, the mostly positive world view of the U. S. has deteriorated into a highly negative view of American as an international bully.
Posted by bullgatortail on August 28, 2012 at 8:37 PM (Answer #2)
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Posted by etotheeyepi on August 29, 2012 at 2:32 AM (Answer #3)
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Posted by etotheeyepi on August 29, 2012 at 2:34 AM (Answer #4)
During this time period, anti-American sentiment seemed to rise internationally. We were seen as being the "bad guy" in a lot of situations. This probably led, directly or indirectly to the increased level of terrorism directed at America, which didn't culminate until a couple years after your time period with 9/11.
Posted by mwalter822 on August 29, 2012 at 2:38 PM (Answer #5)
Elementary School Teacher
As compared to Natives, the New Americans living in what is known as United States as have always been acting like restless-giant, if not a monster, if we look at the history. What they did to the natives and world is known to the world. It did not stop with the nuclear attacks on Japan but continued with the killings in Viet Nam, Iraq, Afghanistan and drone attacks in Pakistan with one single objective - lust for power and greed to capture world resources. US did not care for the price of these killing and have been successful to convince its tax payers that all was being done for their 'security' creating false alarms. I think the time has come that US nationals will realise the situation after being in debt for trillions of dollars and body bags of their near and rear ones recieved by them on daily basis as given in the link http://icasualties.org/oef/fatalities.aspx.
And if they don't realise even know, the history may repeat itself in Afghanistan.
Posted by najm1947 on August 31, 2012 at 11:49 AM (Answer #6)
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Posted by litteacher8 on October 4, 2012 at 3:19 AM (Answer #7)
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