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Brandi White
America as SuperpowerConfrontation in a Nuclear Age (1947-Present)
Strayer University
HIS 105
Dr. Stansbury
3/2/2020

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Introduction
The significant role that America has played as a superpower since World War II has had an
immensely positive and negative impact on global politics. An excellent example of their
political reach goes as far back as the conception of the Domino theory and its influence on the
onset of the Vietnam War. The Domino theory inferred that if one country were taken over by
communism, other neighboring countries would soon follow (Caplan, 1). The Vietnam War
began as a battle against communism by the French Colonialists, America came in to assist out
of fear that the fall of Vietnam to communism would accelerate its spread in East Asia
(McNamara, 2). A second example is an influence America had in helping international players
such as the United Nations to deal with the Rogue States. Therefore, the case made by America
to warrant invading of Iraq as a rogue state at the time shows evidence of how the superpower's
motivation as well as influence in strategy and global politics had evolved.
HISTORY AND ISSUES
The Domino Theory was a widely accepted political ideology during the cold war. The theory
stated that if one territory fell to communism, all its other neighbors would also fall just as an
aligned set of dominos does. The point of view was widely accepted in America because of the
anti-communist sentiments present in the country. The feelings went as far as influencing the
type of policies that were supported by the public as well as the political class. The manifestation
of the tremendous anti-communist sentiments in America was considered to have been the
primary reason why the country got involved in the Vietnam War. America started its
involvement with simple tactics on a consultative status. However, the situation escalated to the
extent that by the time the war was concluding, a significant number of American troops had
been actively engaged in the war (McNamara, 2). Due to public pressure, America withdrew
from Vietnam, which led to the fall of the region to communism. Communism later spread to the
other two countries (Laos and Cambodia), but not to as many countries as predicted by the
Domino Theory.
Later on in the history of American involvement in global politics, came the fight against rogue
nations. These are nations that actively partake in actions that go against international law as well
as threatening global peace. Under the rule of Saddam Hussein, Iraq became one of the countries
considered to be a rogue nation (Musili, 3). American intelligence had information on Iraq's lack
of cooperation when it comes to complying with rules for conquest, together with cases of its
involvement in terrorist activities. Furthermore, confrontations with rogue states, especially ones
with capabilities related to nuclear weapons and biological weapons, can be a hard situation even
for international community players, including the United Nations. This is because in cases such
as that of Iraq, inaction from the part of the international community would allow their spread as
their means included means could annihilate the entire world (Powell, 4). With strong evidence
on Iraq's defiant activities, America made a compelling case that allowed them to gain full
backing of international players in the invasion into Iraq, including a mission to eliminate the
leader Saddam Hussein.

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Brandi White America as Superpower—Confrontation in a Nuclear Age (1947-Present) Strayer University HIS 105 Dr. Stansbury 3/2/2020 Introduction The significant role that America has played as a superpower since World War II has had an immensely positive and negative impact on global politics. An excellent example of their political reach goes as far back as the conception of the Domino theory and its influence on the onset of the Vietnam War. The Domino theory inferred that if one country were taken over by communism, other neighboring countries would soon follow (Caplan, 1). The Vietnam War began as a battle against communism by the French Colonialists, America came in to assist out of fear that the fall of Vietnam to communism would accelerate its spread in East Asia (McNamara, 2). A second example is an influence America had in helping international players such as the United Nations to deal with the Rogue States. Therefore, the case made by America to warrant invading of Iraq as a rogue state at the time shows evidence of how the superpower's motivation as well as influence in strategy and global politics had evolved. HISTORY AND ISSUES The Domino Theory was a widely accept ...
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