U.S. Interventionalism

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U.S. Internationalism and Isolationism by: Eli Dupuy

Submitted: December 11, 2014

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Submitted: December 11, 2014



U.S. Interventionism- A Nonessential Necessity

There is a large percentage of the public that disapprove with the United States government sending military troops to intervene in other states’ affairs. That same group of individuals correlate U.S. interventionism with the ideology of imposed  democracy on other nations. Some may argue that these unnecessary wars are costly and ineffective but others see U.S. interventionism as a necessity in many cases. To argue the affirmative, it is concluded that U.S. interventionism is a nonessential necessity.

In the Declaration of Independence, it states that we are endowed by our Creator with certain unalienable Rights (Declaration of Independence).  We, as a nation, have an obligation to protect the principal belief that all mankind are entitled to these same unalienable rights. The law of the land must be implemented and enforced at all cost. In doing so, we serve humanity and protect our future generations.

In the United States, 65% of the American citizens that were surveyed in a tracking poll oppose U.S. military interventionism.  Some may argue that when the United States of America intervenes in other states’ affairs, it is a violation of that country or Province’s  liberal traditions.  These liberal traditions are supposedly implemented to reflect and protect individual liberty and dignity. These traditions should allow individuals to work out their political, economic, social and cultural life together on their own, without foreign interference such as the U.S. intervention.

It is also argued that wars are costly. Money that is used to finance these wars should be used to stimulate the United States economy. The cost of ongoing U.S. wars in Afghanistan, Iraq and Libya, and Syria is recorded to have exceeded $1.2 Trillion thus far with the overall national debt exceeding $17 Trillion. Although this is true, it is also widely accepted by well renowned economist that wars also stimulate economies. The American public is infuriate by the lack of employment opportunities which is understandable. This a negative consequence of a costly war could have easily been averted .

Some people argue that U.S. military interventionism is a violent and horrific element of action that should only be implemented  if extremely necessary. Its is understood that military interventions cause a great deal of deaths of military troops that are simply following orders. Fathers, brothers, sisters, sons, and daughters are losing their lives to senseless  wars that have nothing to do with. We should only intervene when we have a serious vested outcome in the event. The United State primary focus should be the well being of its own citizens and the progress of the nation.

The cost of war, the lost lives, the incurred debt, and the broken economy are all legitimate concerns of the U.S. public. Though, someone has to say something at some point. “What ever affects one human being directly, affects us all indirectly. Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”(King/Letter from Birmingham Jail) People are suffering one injustice after another and those that are not directly affected by the ordeal prefer to look in a different direction. How could anyone say, “mind your own business” when the progress of humanity outweighs any ideology known to man. “'Love your neighbor as yourself. There is no commandment greater than these." (Holy Bible Mark 12:31) is one of God’s commandments to man.



To understand the purpose of U.S military interventionism, one must to understand its origin. Before interventionism, the U.S. practiced isolationism which refers to America's longstanding reluctance to become involved in other states affairs. The isolation ideology changed when Japan naval forces sneak-attacked Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941. Germany and Italy declared war on the United States shortly after the bombing.  The U.S didn’t want to be bothered with anyone elses problems up until that point in time. This ended the isolationism era and began the interventionism era.  When the war ended in September 1945, the United States and the Soviet Union emerged as superpowers. Following World War II, the United States had become a world leader and isolationism was dead.  Originally, the U.S. was provoked to the point of interventionism.

There is also the urgency of moral obligation for U.S. government to intervene in some cases. For instance, Adolf Hitler orchestrated a mass genocide of close to 6 million innocent Jews in Germany during the course of World War II.  If the United State did not intervene to help end the war, Nazi Germany may have prevailed in their attempt to exterminate an entire race.  In recent events, Syrian death toll tops 30,000 as hundreds of children's bodies piled high after nerve gas attack orchestrated by their own tyrannical municipalities. Who will speak or fight for those innocent victims?

Democracy is defined as "government by the PEOPLE". If the U.S. intervene  in a corrupt government that is also a threat to our nation only to allow the people of that country to choose their own government, it  is not  "imposed democracy," and should not be considered as such.  If the people within a nation want democracy, it is not wrong and may be morally required  for us to assist them by only imposing democracy against the will of the governing class.

The U.S. has provided the freedom to choose Democracy by eliminating repressive regimes and dictators. Though it is thought to be nonessential, interventionism is a necessity. We wake up everyday and think about everything except what it takes today and what it took in the past for us to attain and sustain our freedom. People have died in the past, people are dieing in the present, and people will die in the future to enforce these essential beliefs. In The U.S. Declaration of Independence, it states that we have a right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Some people don’t have that privilege but who will fight for them?

by: Eli Dupuy 2013

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