US Involvement In Foreign Affairs

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Up until the late nineteenth century the United States was mainly focused on domestic issues and paid little attention to foreign affairs. This was due to the country’s commitment on settling the west through the belief of manifest destiny. After the west was settled we began to focus our attention on other parts of the world for the expansion of business and the government was expected to follow and protect these investments. The establishment of the Monroe Doctrine and our drive to keep an Open Door policy with China is what led the United States to intervene in foreign affairs. These same kinds of beliefs today is what has kept the United States involved in foreign affairs. In the 1890’s the United States was in an economic depression…show more content…
The war between the two countries could not be contained to just them alone due to an alliance system that linked certain countries together by pledge to back each other in time of war. This caused a chain reaction forcing Russia, France, and Great Britain to go to war with Germany, Austria-Hungary, and Italy. During this time the United States remained neutral because they believed it was a European matter and we wanted to continue trading with those nations at war. The United States became less neutral in the war and more supportive of the allies side following several events with Germany. German U-boats sank British passenger liners killing Americans. This was condemned by the U. S. but remained neutral after Germany apologized and vowed to not attack anymore ships without warning first. The British then intercepted the Zimmerman telegram which made Germany more of a threat since it said if Mexico declared war on the U. S. then Germany would return U. S. land back to Mexico. This convinced the president that, “the war was, indeed, a defense of democracy against German aggression.” (Roark, 692) The final incident that led us to enter the war was when German subs sank five American ships off Britain. No longer could the U. S. stand by and watch as Germany attacked and killed our people. Once at war the government stressed patriotism by…show more content…
Before each of these events the U. S. was more concerned with issues at home rather than abroad and tried to keep from involving themselves in other countries matters. In every event the U. S. was almost forced to become involved since we were attacked upon first. The sinking of the Maine in the Spanish-American War, the Zimmerman telegram and the attack on U. S. ships in World War I, and the attack on Pearl Harbor in World War II made the U. S. become involved in foreign affairs. If I had been in a position of leadership I would have done the same thing the United States did for each event based on the sole fact that we were attacked first and that if we did not respond with force then we would have been looked upon as weak and vulnerable for future attacks. It was also about defending democracy and peoples rights that we felt obligated to provide for people since we looked at ourselves as defenders of democracy for the
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