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Should the United States get involved in foreign conflicts?

Asked by: ladiesman
  • It's our responsibility

    While being the world's policeman may not be the most fun job, who would replace us? If we leave a power void, there are very few good options to replace us. Just look at all the good our interventions have brought; defeat of Nazism, defeat of the Empire of Japan, allowing the Jews a homeland, protection of Europe against encroaching communists, and now our interventionism has killed Osama Bin-Laden, one of the most dangerous men ever. We are a nation built upon liberty, justice, and democracy. What is wrong with spreading those inalienable human rights worldwide?

  • Yes the U.S. should get involved like the rest of the other countries

    I think because the United States is an important chess player in world politics and that its power is influential, it should for the interest of its own citizens and its relationships with other countries to get involved in foreign conflict if there is a sense of threat to its safety and if important consequences are at stake globally. Many mistakes were made in the past by the United States of course, many that were disastrous but you cannot be a worldwide leader without having a sense of your own influence in foreign policies, it's impossible. The United States can not function without the aid, support or relationships with other countries for it to achieve its social or political frameworks (same reasoning applies to all country). A lot of controversy have surrounded the implication of th US in foreign conflicts in the past especially because of the power of its involvement and most Western countries do intrude themselves in their counterparts' conflicts: example Canada, Germany, UK, Japan, France, etc. So yes the United States should be involved diplomatically and help if there is a need to do so.

  • So just let terrorist go?

    Many of the conflicts we are in are against terrorists. We need to be involved, or the terrorists will continue to gain power. We aren't involved in the war on terror, and ISIS continues to grow.. With the Iraq war we were basically fighting terrorists. (Saddam Hussein) We destroyed an evil regime, and had only a few thousand casualties. Imagine if we didn't go to war, and Saddam stayed in power.

  • It's our responsibility

    While being the world's policeman may not be the most fun job, who would replace us? If we leave a power void, there are very few good options to replace us. Just look at all the good our interventions have brought; defeat of Nazism, defeat of the Empire of Japan, allowing the Jews a homeland, protection of Europe against encroaching communists, and now our interventionism has killed Osama Bin-Laden, one of the most dangerous men ever. We are a nation built upon liberty, justice, and democracy. What is wrong with spreading those inalienable human rights worldwide?

  • It's our responsibility

    While being the world's policeman may not be the most fun job, who would replace us? If we leave a power void, there are very few good options to replace us. Just look at all the good our interventions have brought; defeat of Nazism, defeat of the Empire of Japan, allowing the Jews a homeland, protection of Europe against encroaching communists, and now our interventionism has killed Osama Bin-Laden, one of the most dangerous men ever. We are a nation built upon liberty, justice, and democracy. What is wrong with spreading those inalienable human rights worldwide?

  • It's our responsibility

    While being the world's policeman may not be the most fun job, who would replace us? If we leave a power void, there are very few good options to replace us. Just look at all the good our interventions have brought; defeat of Nazism, defeat of the Empire of Japan, allowing the Jews a homeland, protection of Europe against encroaching communists, and now our interventionism has killed Osama Bin-Laden, one of the most dangerous men ever. We are a nation built upon liberty, justice, and democracy. What is wrong with spreading those inalienable human rights worldwide?

  • They Need Help.

    We are one of the world's leading countries, we can't just sit there and watch poverty and violence crash under our feet just because it isn't happening to us. We are a country that most countries look up to. We can't let them down, can we? We should help them.

  • The Spiderman Principle

    It is my view that because we have the ability to do so, we should indeed intervene in conflicts where civilian populations are being targeted. I believe we err in war when our sole motivation is state interest, and not humanitarian interest. It also bears mentioning that there is no longer any reality where we are not at least indirectly affected by conflicts abroad.

  • We are responsible

    The us is a world power and we can help make a difference. Many people need help badly and we can't just sit there with the TV and do nothing! This is earth and we need to help others. We are all connected and we are all responsible despite our separation.

  • Do you remember Hitler?

    Of course we must get involved certain things. Not sure what your real question is. Should we just sit back while Russia attacks a sovern nation like Ukraine? What if Russia wanted to attack Germany next? I guess it all depends on the conflict in questoin. Now if you are asking if we should get involved in the Middle East, I would say NO! They have been at war for a thousand years and probably will be for another thousand. But now that brings us to Isreal; these people have been through more crap than anyone on the planet. We must protect our allies, no matter what, but last I checked we don't have any in the middle east other than Isreal.

  • We are not global policeman

    Several times where our military got involved in international conflicts, it was superfluous; the first World War, Vietnam and the invasion of Iraq. Us invading Iraq in 2003 was done out of retaliation for 9/11, which was not justifiable enough. World War 2 was an exception; we were all fighting against a common enemy. But our armed forces should not automatically intervene every time there is a conflict going on in another country.

  • The USA cannot control it's ego and greed.

    The USA has consistently started wars to protect it's image and to create a global imperialistic monopoly and this is not the type of government that should act as peacekeepers. The proxy wars of the Cold War were realistically started in defense of the USA way of life . The same is displayed in Iraq. They start wars irrationally and without proper consideration. Other wars started by/involving the USA have been in an effort to control Oil and other resources. This is not a reasonable attitude for a peacekeeping force. A peacekeeping force should be impartial to ideology and work to better the lives of citizens it is protecting. Not force ideology and imperialism.

  • America's politicians not have the will to win any war.

    War is not easy and requires political commitment especially when plans fail and casualties occur. Wars can not be won from the air. Victory requires ground troops in direct combat to decisively defeat an enemy. Operation Iraqi Freedom demonstrated a lack of political commitment, democrats that supported OIF, quickly withdrew support when as the battle got tougher than expected.

  • Shit or get off the pot

    If we're going to spend money and lives on it, IT BETTER bennifit our people. By that I mean, us, the people who are paying for it. If we're going to stick our necks out for the world we better be compensated with land, equity, labor, justice, or technology. And by justice, i mean stomp down any force that dare attack us, make an example of them, quick and clean. Before we lend aid to other countries we have to clean up our own kitchen. We have our own problems here, let those be our priority.

  • Isis is now the most feared terrorist group in the worldpartly because of us

    After the U.S led invasion in Iraq Abu Zarqawi created Isis. Well why is that? Mabey the fact he was inspired by Osama bin Latin to create the Islamic state or the Islamic media. Or he wanted to get revenge on the U.S or world or he hated other religions and created his own. Based on his" criminal record " or past life he was mentally challenged. Anyway the creation was after the 2003 invasion leading up to retaliation. Or he hated the world

  • War isn't Fun

    Wars get really old really quickly. We spend too much on the military all ready. We invaded Iraq in 2003 to get rid of an "evil" person; Saddam Hussein. He wasn't as evil as we though since he actually suppressed terrorists in Iraq and maintained stability in the region. Once we got rid of that stability, ISIS started running around. All this because we wanted to "police" the world.

  • Overall no. But let's do it as a team.

    Unless there is a genocide going on, or a country is violating human rights, should the US join the UN in fighting a common enemy. The Us is not capable of upholding international law for all the conflicts that we are involved in today. I want America to be the freedom and democracy protector. But the fact of the matter is that we have supported dictators who gave us natural resources, or gave us geopolitical power.

  • Imperialistic Policies do not offer solvency for foreign conflicts.

    Expenditure of resources: Constant intervention creates a massive black hole into which we pour enormous quantities of resources. These wars have a habit of being perpetual, particularly when we have now declared war on "terror", a state of mind which can never be defeated. With no end in sight, these wars will only serve to exacerbate our national debt.

    Manipulation of Public Opinion: Throughout the "war on terror" the media has constantly stated that we were fighting to prevent injustice and destroy the terrorist elements. We have ultimately failed at that, but our government doesn't care, because our real motivation has been to acquire oil. If we had truly been trying to prevent injustice in the world we would be involved in numerous countries in Africa, as well as many other areas. Our war in the Middle-east has been anything but ethical, and has been proliferated with rape, excessive civilian casualties, and imperialistic policies. The gross manipulation of public opinion in this war is detestable and makes sure that the real imperialistic goals are largely hidden. This is not only inherently wrong, but the soldiers that we send into these conflicts are often deluded as to the motivations behind them, and thus we have sacrificed thousands for unnecessary goals.

    Exacerbation of conflict: As mentioned earlier our involvement almost always results in massive civilian casualties. This is counterproductive to the destruction of the terrorist elements as it increases sympathy towards them and boosts recruitment. If we had not intervened it is likely that the terrorists would have significantly lower recruitment levels.

    Not our Responsibility: If the unethical and provocative nature of this conflict were not enough to deter future involvement, then there is another reason. This sort of involvement is not our responsibility. The purpose and constitution of government is to take care of its own people, not involve itself in the squabbles of others. George Washington himself promoted a policy of neutrality in his farewell address. If we employed this policy, then all these problems that I described could be mitigated.

  • It really should not be our problem unless people are being massacred brutally

    The United States is in a lot of debt right now. If we are dragged into more and more trivial conflicts (that really should be resolved by the two powers fighting it), then it will only cause more economic problems, not to mention the number of lives lost if our country escalates a foreign.

    Example: We did not have to intervene in the Vietnam war. We shouldn't have.

    ISIS, however, is barbarically killing people, and is a growing terrorist state. This should be a world effort, as it is now becoming.

    Bottom line: if the US intervenes, then the world should also intervene

  • Look at the lessons of history

    Okay, so I will cite the Vietnam War as the first time the United States ever became involved in a prolonged conflict with a developing or "third-world" nation. And look how that turned out. Nevertheless, 30 years later, we invaded Iraq for the second time in a fight against terrorism, specifically to rid the country Al Qaeda. In this same time frame, we also sent troops to Afghanistan to fight terrorism there, and now we have just declared war on ISIS in Syria and Iraq. However, what many will refuse to admit is that the United States almost directly led to the creation of the Mujahideen/Taliban (people we're/were fighting in Afghanistan) and ISIS (you know who there are). In the 1980s, when the Soviet Union were fighting the Mujahideen freedom fighters, we aided them by sending large amounts of small arms, SAMs, heavy weaponry. Similarly, during the outbreak of the Syrian Civil War, we decided to arm "moderate" Syrian rebels with the same munitions. Well now, we are constantly being outmaneuvered by the Taliban, and I am fairly confident we will have a tough time with ISIS, given that they are definitely the best equipped, most highly trained, and possibly the most dedicated terrorist group history has ever seen. Does anyone see a pattern here? Anytime the U.S. decides to involve itself in a foreign conflict it always comes back to bite us in the ass. And there is one more crucial thing. American public support is like a very tenuous resource. You only have so much of it, and once you use it all, it takes a very long time to find more of it. Sure, if we had stayed in Vietnam for 30 years, we probably could've won, but we didn't because the support for the fight was nonexistent. And that is the problem today. If the U.S. keeps trying to involve itself, it will not have the strength or support from its public for when we actually need to fight.


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Trustmeinlying says2015-02-24T15:11:13.387
The United states gets involved in almost all wars, civil wars or not it doesn't matter. We take part in all of them.