The Fallacy of the American Dream

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“The essence of the American dream is the understanding that we are here on this earth and in this land for a higher purpose…Anything that stands in the way of the dream, we must fight. Anything that enhances the dream, we must support.” Steve Forbes could not have said it better. The American Dream is continuing to prosper and flourish since our founding fathers sat together in a room and created a document in which every man may follow. For years the idea of the American Dream has been sturdy, however, as America aged so did the idea of the American Dream. America and her citizens started to rouse from their long slumber and realize that the dream does not swab away the realism of their waking life. Because of this, Foreigners have been reluctant in believing in the United States; but one must understand that it is not the American Dream but so many other factors such as Wealth, Influence, jealousy, and imperialism. However, one must not forget the debate on the United States attendance in Iraq and its activities as an “imperial bully” and its domination culturally in the United States.

Foreigners do not understand the actions America took to go directly into the war in Iraq. America is a world power and for Saddam Hussein to have the audacity attack us in such a way is highly disrespectful. The incident on September 9, 2011 was such a tragedy that affected not only America but worldwide. The Bush administration had no choice but to seize this opportunity and attack; the world did not oppose to the idea of invading Iraq. Bush and his colleagues were heroes; in foreigners eyes, America was doing the right thing protecting the American Nation and defending her honor.

However as the years progressed and the dream misconstrued and the purpose of us being in Iraq seemed to wean Foreigners started to believe that “...large majorities believed the war on terror to be about establishing U.S. World Domination” (Abramasky 103). We are in Iraq neither to impose our power; nor to place an idea of world domination but, to contain the threat and to keep or rather prevent something like the 9/11 incident to happen again.

Nevertheless, one can understand why foreigners would question America’s business in another country. When a country questions another country’s actions it is but one of two things: One the country is in trepidation for the other country’s loyalty or the other country is longing for the other country’s power.

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