America, the land of the free and brave…and wars – can not be ignored from the conscious of Indian Sub continent for a variety of reasons other than the Afghan War.
Throughout its brief lifetime, America has constantly been in military conflicts both necessary and mostly unnecessary. Does the U.S.A still have a thin layer of imperialism left from the 20th century? Is the U.S.A addicted to war? Lots of people don’t like the war in the Middle East, but the U.S especially seems to be addicted to war in general throughout its history and even today in many parts of their society.
The U.S fought wars for their independence, against Mexico, Spain, and most especially Britain in the War of 1812. After World War II , the country has been in the Korean War, the Vietnam War, with unknown wars in Laos and Cambodia with some other military operations in the regions of Asia. Then the U.S got into the Gulf War, Afghanistan War, Second Gulf War, and bordered on nuclear war with the former Soviet Union.
Moreover, the U.S invaded, bombed, isolated, stripped, and had military presence in other regions in the world such as Cuba, Haiti, Somalia, the Sudan, Bosnia, Kosovo, Serbia, Libya, Panama, Grenada, Yemen, and other places.
The U.S is also the numero uno military spender, and as of 2008 according to the SIPRI, the U.S spent more than607 billion dollars on their military alone.
With a tag like that and a Nobel Peace Prize on his chest, Obama has a lot of work to do to salvage this war crazy image of America. Can he do that or is this just a pipe dream in the collective conscience of the world? Equality, fraternity and liberty – what is you take on the future posture and image of America?