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The Necessity Of War, Foreign Policy, And Diplomacy In The United States

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The United States in its past years has put what may seem to be a title of necessity over war, and made diplomacy out to be second rate. This country has involved itself in countless wars in which it really didn’t need to. Thousands of precious lives have been thrown out of this world for selfish or idiotic reasons. Wars have been started just because the U.S. felt the need to try and change some other counties government, because it wasn’t the same as their own. The United States has twisted its own image of itself to be some sort of police force for the world. The U.S. polices the world, when it can’t even keep control of the only land it actual owns. Almost every politician in the U.S. ...view middle of the document...

In the past, the United States has had multiple instances in which it was in the face of a choice deciding either war or peace. In most, if not all of these instances the U.S. has chosen war. For example, the American-Indian war. In this war, the U.S. coveted lands that the Natives had, and made the same choice they would make many times again in the future. The U.S. decided that they would not accept the natives into their own civilization and treat them as equals. Instead, they would try to force them into changing their culture, eventually enslaving many of them, and killing them. The United States forced them into a series of treaties. The United States made these treaties stricter and stricter like a slowly tightening noose until the Natives could either give up entirely or go to war. Going to war would ultimately result in the tribes destruction and/or slavery, and giving up would lead to poverty and the indoctrination of their youth. All this time the United States called the Natives savages, un-educated, and warmongering fiends. This is a prime example of the United States using war and violence to achieve what could have been so straightforwardly and simply achieved with the slightest of diplomacy. The United States could have simply consulted the leaders of the tribes and discussed the allowance of mining on the native’s lands, or allowing white settlers to maybe occupy their lands. Treaties of a whole different kind could have been established, treaties that caused little to no discomfort among the tribes and the white population both. If this had happened, maybe the United States could still enjoy some of the rich culture of the Native Americans. Maybe the United States could have been a much stronger country than it is now. War may be necessary in some cases, but it is not a necessity. War should be a last resort among many other options. The politicians in the United States say they try to use diplomacy with foreign powers but apparently it always fails, and the U.S. proves its stereotype of a warmongering menace to be true. “Whenever the U.S. goes to war somewhere, the politicians tell us that diplomacy was tried and failed — and that war was the very, very, very last resort. But the truth is that the politicians didn't try much at all to avoid war. And the diplomacy was bound to fail, because it involved our politicians making insensitive demands on a foreign country — demands we had no authority to make, demands that were known in advance to be unacceptable to the foreigners. In the few cases that America has been attacked, it's been because our politicians were trying to dictate to other countries — countries that represented no threat to us at all. The foreigners attacked either to try to gain an advantage against the stronger U.S. when our government had made war seem inevitable (as at Pearl Harbor), or because attacking seemed the only way to strike back at a country that was throwing its weight around in other people's...

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