War and Culture Core Assessment

The discussion here is not whether or not these

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escalating the situation in Afghanistan and launched a new militaristic intervention in Libya. The discussion here is not whether or not these interventions are called for or necessary, but rather that the citizens of America are responsible for allowing such interventions to keep continuing and are in fact the tail of the “American dog” dictating what foreign policy actions America 4
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should take rather than the present state of the international system calling for foreign policy answers. Ultimately it is the militaristic culture that dominates American society today that causes American interventions to continue and increase at a staggering rate. It is this culture that Bacevich refers to as he writes, "Today as never before in their history Americans are enthralled with military power" (Bacevich, 2005), that enables the American government to continue building the “military-industrial complex” that President Eisenhower so gravely warned Americans of. As spoken of in another of Bacevich’s works, The Tyranny of Defense Inc., he reminds readers of President Eisenhower’s solution to the military-industrial complex problem. Ultimately, the responsibility for democracy’s defense, saving it from being stolen by outlandish military spending and growth, necessarily rests with the people themselves. Rather than allowing Washington to act how it pleases, Ike called for American citizens to exercise strict oversight. Thomas Jefferson advised that, “An informed citizenry is the only true repository of the public will.” It seems today that citizens are failing to listen to the advice given above and that they in fact themselves are responsible for the continuous military interventions in every area of the globe. After the collapse of the Soviet Union, according to Foreign Policy Magazine author Steven M. Walt, the US had virtually no serious enemies. He then goes on to say that, “It's really quite ironic: Because the American homeland is safe from serious external dangers (which is a good thing), Americans have the luxury of going abroad "in search of monsters to destroy" (which is not)”. Not all six invasions in the past fourteen years have been absolutely critical to the national security of the country, as the raid on Tripoli, Libya has often been criticized as the 5
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Reagan administration's increasing willingness to use military force in pursuit of certain discrete, limited goals. Ultimately, the sole responsibility of America’s “new militarism” cannot solely lie with the American citizenry. There are in fact times, humanitarian purposes and other pressing world issues that do in fact call for some scale and spectrum of military force. However, the founding fathers of this nation warned us time after time, “…overgrown military establishments which, under any form of government, are inauspicious to liberty…” and that it was an informed citizenry’s responsibility to oversee its government. The US gets involved in so many foreign military interventions for a plethora of “national security” reasons; however it is the up the
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