There are three basic motivations
for national action or policies in history: 1) Economics - the pursuit of economic gain, 2) Power - over other people in your nation or other nations, and 3) Ideology or benevolence - the idea that an action or a policy is actually best not just for your nation, but for other nations as well, or not just best for your own economic or social group, but also for other groups, or for your nation as a whole. Of all of these, in the United States, economics is the first in importance, power second, and ideology third, even if it claims otherwise.
If you chose this statement, and you agree with it, you need to make an argument that economic motivation is the most powerful motivation for national action by giving examples of times and places where the US chose economics or power over ideology in determining its actions or policies. This means you have to argue not only that economic considerations are present in an example, but how those considerations are PRIMARY above the other two considerations.
If you chose this statement, and you disagree with it, you then need to make an argument as to which order you think the three motivations should be in and again give examples which support that order - again, not just arguing that any particular motive is present in a situation, but why that motive is PRIMARY above the others.
Either way, you must make an argument about the relative importance of these motivations, not just list examples of each of them or say all three are important.
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