The American Response

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America’s two most recent wars are the Iraq War and the War on Terror. Both of these wars have accomplished their goals, but come at a great cost. There were quite a few factors in both of these wars that affected international security. First, I will analyze both of the wars and then intertwine them together to show the overall effect they have created on America.
Let us look first at the War on Terror. The War on Terror started after the terrorist organization Al-Qaeda attacked America on September 11th 2001. America responded with a military offensive against terrorist groups in Afghanistan. The primary targets in Afghanistan were Al-Qaeda and the Taliban. Many scholars agree with what America did in this situation. In Robert J Art’s A Grand Strategy for America, he believed that in the event of a terrorist attack on U.S. soil, America must respond forcefully and that is just what America did.
Al-Qaeda’s presence affects the international security of the world. The United States has responded by an effort to “choke off the lifeblood of terrorist groups, their access to territory, funds, equipment, training, technology.” The goal of the United States is to weaken terrorist organizations so their ability to use acts of violence is deterred. With an attempt of deterring the acts of terrorism, it can create a more secure world. “Terrorism raises the risk and cost of doing business, whether that business is diplomacy, manufacturing, or sales.” There is a great implication if the world is to let terrorism roam free. Not only is there a loss of innocent lives, but also many of the underdeveloped countries in the world are affected by abundant amounts of terrorism. Many underdeveloped nations count on advanced nations like the U...

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