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Monday, Apr 22, 2024

American Foreign Intervention

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Today the United States remains the world's lone military superpower. Along with that, a great deal of the world recognizes the United States for attempting to take the moral high ground: this position would easily be undermined by frequent uses of military might.
Although allies and neutrals alike clearly justified and universally supported United States intervention in Afghanistan after Sept. 11, no such universal support exists for intervention in Iraq. If the instability in Afghanistan today is any indication, it will be a long time before there could be stability in Iraq.
Instability in Iraq could have much graver consequences for the United States and for the world because of the economic importance of the region and the proximity of key allies such as Turkey. The United States must think about self-preservation in terms of the world, not merely in terms of itself: it must display military restraint in Iraq.

Kea Anstey '04