America Compared Imperial Denial


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America Compared Imperial Denial

  1. 1. JOSE M CANTERA HISTORY 141 ARGUELLO 5/6/2009 America Compared Assignment 5
  2. 2. Imperial Denial <ul><li>Some critics of the American foreign policy have referred to it as “American Empire” </li></ul><ul><li>Socialist writers such as Marx have said that overseas expansion is only caused by corporate greed. </li></ul><ul><li>Some even argue that the cold war was due to American aggression rather than Russian. </li></ul><ul><li>The Vietnam war itself is seen as evidence to colonialism, and most recently in the Middle East. </li></ul><ul><li>The American empire can be seen in comparison with that of which the British once held. </li></ul><ul><li>But the idea of having America as an empire is controversial. Most people do not like hearing The United States being called an empire because it gives a sense of tyranny and stronger government. Its almost as if the people have been pushed aside like in all other empire. </li></ul><ul><li>Even politicians try not to use the word empire, instead call it growth. </li></ul>
  3. 3. Imperial Denial <ul><li>This perception changed in September 11, 2001. </li></ul><ul><li>After the incident in New York involving the World Trade Center several writers began to write about the American Empire. </li></ul><ul><li>Some might argue that the war in the Middle East is not for an empire but rather to protect freedom. In reality the monetary result that comes from war defies all those claims. </li></ul><ul><li>It becomes obvious that the United States is aiming in expanding its control over the world by any means necessary. </li></ul><ul><li>It becomes clear that the united States like all other empire acts in response to their economical and political interest. </li></ul><ul><li>Government leaders and representatives, on the other hand, claim that they do not seek a territorial empire but instead influence freedom and prosperity through war. </li></ul><ul><li>It becomes obvious that the real colonization is economic. </li></ul><ul><li>Once the troops enter and clear out revolutionaries that reject western ideals, they leave behind bases, and control over what goes on through newly established businesses and nothing that actually influences or aids the native people. </li></ul>
  4. 4. Imperial Denial <ul><li>There are very few Americans that think freely and realistically in a global scale. Most Americans think that it is a positive thing that American ideals are spread all around the globe. </li></ul><ul><li>However, when the same people are asked dif spreading American ideals all across the globe is a form of American imperialism, almost nobody agreed. </li></ul><ul><li>Freud, a psychiatrist, defines denial as a result of trauma. </li></ul><ul><li>It could be argued that the result of the September 11 incidents in New York could have traumatized a lot of people into denial. </li></ul><ul><li>It becomes apparent that people are traumatized every day through the media about something new and terrifying that will put their lives at risk. </li></ul><ul><li>This aspect of American’s lives can further put them into denial of the governments tactics toward imperial growth. </li></ul><ul><li>This is controversial because it is seen that the foreign policy of the United States has turned from defensive to offensive, though it does make sense that it has always been offensive. </li></ul>