America has and intends to keep military strengths

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countries of Western Europe as well, either individually or as a unit. America has, and intends to keep, military strengths beyond challenge—thereby making the destabilizing arms races of other eras pointless, and limiting rivalries to trade and other pursuits of peace. spending that no other country or group of countries would be tempted to challenge it, but also using force on behalf of others so they will not need to develop potent military establishments of their own driving belief is that the world cannot afford to return to traditional multipolar balance of power politics, which would inevitably turn dangerous and destructive. As Europe stabilized and the American deterrent force became concentrated in intercontinental bombers and missiles, the need for allies, although still considerable, diminished The required minimum level of cooperation decreased with the end of the Cold War and the emergence of unipolarity. The structure of world power meant that there was always a possibility that the United States would act on its own. We can only speculate on what President Al Gore would have done. My estimate is that he would have invaded Afghani-stan, but not proceeded against Iraq; nor would he have moved away from treaties and other arrangements over a wide range of issues. To some extent, the current assertion of strong American hegemony may be an accident. Unlike the European states who were surrounded by peers, once the US had established its dominance first over its neighbors and then over the rest of the New World, it had great choice about the terms on which it would work with others. US acting like a normal state that has gained a position of dominance 1. Core of the realist outlook that power is checked and most effectively and often only by counterbalancing power 2. States’ definitions of their interests tend to expand as their power does 3. Increased relative power brings with it new fears as major threats disappear, people psychologically elevate ones that were previously seen as quite manageable 4. Even states that find the status quo acceptable have to worry about the future theory argues that actors are prone to accept great risks when they believe they will suffer losses unless they act boldly. Hegemony, Iraq, and Europe
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Understanding the Bush Doctrine  17:53 European aversion to the crude and bullying American style: “Bush is just a cowboy.” There is something to these positions, but are Europeans really so averse to force and wedded to law? Conclusion Where we will go from here depends in part on unpredictable events such as economic shocks, the course of reconstruction in Iraq, the targets and success of future terrorist attacks, and the characteristics of the leaders that arise through diverse domestic processes. The beliefs of Bush and his colleagues that Saddam’s regime would have been an unacceptable menace to American interests if it had been allowed to obtain nuclear weapons not only tell us about their fears for the limits of United States influence that might have been imposed, but also speak volumes about the expansive definition of United States interests that they hold.
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