His 105 Assignment 2.2: Policemen of the World Final Paper

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Assignment 2.2: Policemen of the World Final Paper Professor Alan Rogers HIS 105: Contemporary U.S. History 14 December 2014 Since achieving liberation from the British in 1776, strategies utilized by the U.S. through the years have proceeded from expansionism to isolationism for preserving democracy. With the self-assigned task of preserving democratic autonomies for those who we foresee as unable to stand up for their rights and freedoms, the U.S. has taken on the role of “policemen of the world.” The position of the United States (U.S.) as hegemonic influencers as policemen of the world is to advance a secure infrastructure. The repercussions the U.S. encounters for military intercession is a problem long thought to be impossible to solve. The procedures observed when the security of the U.S. is not diametrically endangered, but where some type of action is warranted (in the case of humanitarian assistance, genocide, regional security, disasters, or economic welfare) is a common thread. If we try to affect regime change or seek to impose our own vision of governance unilaterally, that can only, in the end, prove painful and expensive for all involved. (Andelman, 2014). There are numerous international events in the past that can be traced back to a policy created after the Civil War. The Platt Amendment and the Truman Doctrine are explored in this paper. On 20 May 1902, the U.S. granted Cuba its independence, but retained the right to intervene to preserve Cuban independence and stability under the Platt Amendment. (Youngblood, 2014) The Platt Amendment defined the terms of Cuban-U.S. interactions to essentially be an unequal one of U.S. dominance. Cuba pledged to lease land to the U.S. (the long-term lease of Guantanamo Bay continues to this day). The amendment is one of the initial strategies implemented that functioned as an

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