War and Culture Core Assessment

Citizens of the united states to double check whether

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citizens of the United States to double-check whether or not such international situations are in fact of grave national security importance or not. It is the militaristic culture that surrounds the daily lives of the American people, be it the Defense Department being the single largest employer in the US or mass portions of the private economy being dependent on war for profits, which are the cause of these perpetual military actions. Military interventions, which should consequently be dependent on the international scene at the time, are not responsible for sending our troops to an unfathomable amount of locations around the globe over and over again. In fact, it seems to be the exact opposite for a short period of time, in which military interventions abroad cause the American public to renounce such military buildup, until A-historicism kicks in and our ever present militaristic culture takes hold of the wheel. In conclusion, it is a militaristic culture of America that drives military interventions abroad; however the primary mover to that militaristic culture is the citizens themselves, who accept such foreign policy actions as the norm, 6
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and perpetually allow their surrounding culture to overshadow all other parts of this nation’s various past foreign policy strategies, isolationism being one of them. The military will continue cultural changes with the involvement of the government, globalization, educational needs, economics, technology, and the desire to physically defend the United States of America. Top leaders and managers must understand counterinsurgency and comprehend lessons learned for current and past wars or conflicts. Our society must prepare future leaders and managers mentally and physically through education and stricter physical demands. Cultural change is difficult and Lewis make this statement about how change is effected, “In some parts of the world, we use weapons systems with the full knowledge that innocent people will be killed or wounded. Our political leaders have embraced this new way of war because it frees them of direct responsibility and accountability to the America people.” (Lewis, 2011) Our nation is at risk every day for terrorist attacks and the effects of war will remain to influence cultures around the world. 7
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Works Cited Lee, W. (2011). Warfare and culture in world history. New York and London: New York University Press. Lewis, A. (n.d.). The American culture of war in the age of artificial limited war. (2011). Warfare and Culture in World History, 187-217. "A Chronology of U.S. Military Interventions: From Vietnam to the Balkan." PBS. PBS, n.d. Web.20 April 2013. < Bacevich, Andrew J. The New American Militarism: How Americans Are Seduced by War. New Year: Oxford UP, 2005. Print.
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