IRG Reading Response Week 2

IRG Reading Response Week 2 - Andrea Pinilla Dr Anderson...

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Andrea Pinilla Dr. Anderson IRG: 40235 10 September 2014 Reading Response 2 During the 20 th century, Henry Luce’s idea of an “American Century” provided the American public with an image of a powerful and influential United States. While many believe the United States accomplished this feat, some, like LaFeber, believe the United States never did. In fact, it could be said that the U.S’s attempt to pursue this ideal image led to some contradictory actions that ultimately resulted in disaster and failure. After WWII, the United States was faced by a new threat: communism. In order to prevent the rise of communism, the U.S intervened in other states’ affairs, sometimes even going as far as supporting repressive authoritarian regimes in Iran and Central America. When the United States, with its business interests in mind, restored the very shah who had the Iranians brutally oppressed, the Iranians
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Unformatted text preview: revolted, spreading a wave of anti-American sentiment around the region which led to the oil and hostage crisis in the 1970s. This U.S interference contradicted not only its pledge in the state’s charter to not intervene but also Luce’s “American Century”. By not allowing Iran to determine and run its own government, the United States violated the very democratic principles it was founded on. Thus it was the United States’ blind pursuit of the “American Century” and its superior attitude that led it to make some questionable decisions, which included abandoning its own democratic values. The U.S failed to enter an “American Century” and instead created an ever increasing rocky relationship with the Middle East....
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