HST 198 - HST 198 Mike Garber December 7 2011 Assignment 2...

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HST 198 Mike Garber December 7, 2011 Assignment 2 In November the US made another imperialistic move led by President Obama to reinforce it’s power in Asia and the Pacific, in a move that mimics past actions during the Cold War with the USSR . Obama recently declared, “The United States is a Pacific power, and we are here to stay,” (US in Asia) he went on to say that he plans to “expand U.S. influence in the Asia-Pacific region and protect power and deter threats to peace” (US in Asia) . He clearly is committed to this strategy as he demonstrated the US’s plan by increasing US military presence in Australia, a long-standing ally of the US both militarily and economically . This move wasn't popular on the island as “Australian demonstrators protested the increased U.S. presence with signs” (US in Asia) many even went as far as accusing US troops of bringing a lawless attitude with them in the “Philippines, in Japan, in Germany and probably in most parts of the world where they have a military base…[Australia does] not want the violence to spread” (US in Asia) . The imperialistic attitude didn't stop there, “in the Philippines, Clinton stood on the deck of a U.S. warship in Manila Bay and reaffirmed the 60-year-old unequal Mutual Defense Treaty” (US in Asia) , which was ratified on August 30, 1951 by delegates from both the Philippines and the United States . The treaty stated that both nations would defend each other if the other were attacked . Clinton asserts that the US’s actions were aimed at protecting their interests, and that “The future of politics will be decided in Asia,
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not Afghanistan or Iraq, and the United States [must] be right at the center of the action” (US in Asia) . Clinton adds that the US must keep the markets in Asia open to allow “American firms to tap into the vast and growing consumer base of Asia”
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This note was uploaded on 12/28/2011 for the course IDS 159 taught by Professor Fischer during the Fall '08 term at Miami University.

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HST 198 - HST 198 Mike Garber December 7 2011 Assignment 2...

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