America The Great Essay, Research Paper
America the Great ?
After the Spanish-American War, America became a super power of the world. That title has stuck since then. However, different political leaders have caused this country to become unworthy of such a title. Most of these leaders were democrats, such as JFK and Bill Clinton. History has also shown that most wars have been won while republicans were holding office. Terrorist actions were stood up to more often with republicans in office also.
While Ronald Reagan was president, from 1981 to 1989, he had to deal with many terrorists. One large group was the communists in the USSR and China. Another was a group of rebels in Panama. These rebels used guerrilla warfare trying to gain control of the Panama Canal. President Reagan finally decided to attack the rebels and wiped out their group. When asked about his actions he stated, “Today, we did what we had to do …. He counted on America to be passive, he counted wrong,” It helped to earn him the nickname, Superman. Then, vice-president Bush, would soon have to face terrorists also.
When Iraq’s dictator, Saddam Hussein, decided to invade his neighboring country of Kuwait. President Bush was called upon by Kuwait to help and the president answeredtheir call firmly. He told Saddam to pull out of Kuwait, when he was ignored, President Bush attacked. Saddam defended himself with everything he could, including children. He would move busloads of children to areas in danger of being bombed. President Bush, not wanting to take innocent lives had to resort to ground attacks and the stealth bombers.
Saddam’s cowardice saved his life at one point, he had a child by him to prevent his assassination. Saddam and Iraq were soon beaten into submission. America, though, has not always been so brave and powerful.
While JFK was in office he involved our country in a war with Cuba. This war, however, was short lived. The Bay of Pigs, as it was named, was a single battle, when JFK pulled out of the war. It is believed that if we had continued with the war, Fidel Castro would have submitted to our demands. Yet, because of one man’s fear, America started a fight and ran away. This is believed to be another reason that JFK was assassinated. Another Democrat accused of sleeping around in the White House, has also had problems with terrorists.
Bill Clinton has not had an easy time during his term. He has watched Iraq’s uprising along with the troubles in Israel and Palestine. He has seen attacks on our country from its own citizens and other countries including Iran and Libya. He retaliated only after an attack from Libya, but the retaliation was short-lived. Mr. Clinton’s threats to Iraq have been brushed of as worthless. He has to spend more time preparing for trial than he can
on riding the world of terrorists. President Clinton and other democrats have tarnished our title of superpower.
America has a reputation of being brave people who finish what they start. In many wars, once America entered the war would end soon after. We have proven our title time after time, war after war. However politics, fearful men, and the media have stained and soiled our reputation. Only once it has been washed in the bloodshed of victory, will America be a proud country again.