What Is America’s Goal In The World?

During one of my classes as student asked me, during one of our “rap Sessions”, a time I set aside to talk about the day’s current events, she asked me “Just what is America’s role in the world”?

That is a damn good question….I gave her my opinion….

Trump seems to have an extreme dislike for diplomacy…..he is gutting the State Dept and trying to expand the Pentagon…..to me that says that his thought is to use force in every incident…..

I then told her to read an article by Buchanan in the American Conservative (not someone I would turn to for much opinion but this is a pretty good look at his thoughts)

For the World War II generation there was clarity.  The attack on Pearl Harbor, Dec. 7, 1941, united the nation as it had never been before—in the conviction that Japan must be smashed, no matter what.

For the World War II generation there was clarity.

The attack on Pearl Harbor, Dec. 7, 1941, united the nation as it had never been before—in the conviction that Japan must be smashed, no matter how long it took or how many lives it cost.

After the defeat of the Axis powers in 1945, however, Americans divided.

Only with the Berlin Blockade of 1948, the fall of China to Mao and Russia’s explosion of an atom bomb in 1949, and North Korea’s invasion of the South in 1950, did we unite around the proposition that, for our own security, we had to go back to Europe and Asia.

Source: What Is America’s Goal in the World? | The American Conservative

She returned to class and we spoke privately on the article…(she gets extra credit for her initiative).

The school year is drawing to an end…I hope that this young lady pursues international relations for she has a good mind and she asks questions in search of real answers not just those that will ease her mind.


8 thoughts on “What Is America’s Goal In The World?

  1. Smart girl; you can certainly gauge a person’s interest by the questions they ask, especially questions that go beyond a yes/no answer. This brings to mind a story.
    Back in the 90’s when my three were going through high school the district put together a program where parents could add their name to a kind of “speaker’s bureau” list of careers. A teacher could then use that list as a real life resource to call in a parent befitting the subject being taught. A math teacher could call in a parent who uses math a lot in their career… that kind of thing. When I submitted my name I selected my categories in business, some science, computers, and history given that was my own interest. Well, I got a call from a high school teacher of history who asked if I knew anything about the Civil War. Seems she needed someone to discuss the “first shot fired”.. Ft. Sumter. Not really sure why that was a “parent career” subject. That’s easily covered in a textbook. I’m old but I never served at Sumter at that time. But, whatever. I told the teacher I could give a little talk.. and that I had a visual aid.. a real antique Civil War era Burnside Carbine. In spite of the fact that weapon was not around at the time of Ft. Sumter she thought it cool to use with my report to the class to illustrate the kind of weapons of the day.

    This was way before Columbine, but I still had enough presence of mind to put the weapon inside a cloth gun “case”. Just to illustrate the different lack of security priorities in those days… I drove up, parked in front of the school. Everyone was in class… no students or faculty around or outside. I opened my trunk, pulled out the cased weapon, and simply toddled in through the front door. I thought I better check in with the office just in case, given I was bringing a weapon into a school, in spite of the fact it was an antique and unable to fire. No one else knew that. The two office clerks behind the counter simply gave me a wave.. “Oh, just go right to the classroom.” So, I resumed my toddling down the empty hall, carrying the obvious long weapon, and reported directly to the classroom. Amazing when you reflect back on that nowadays.

    I was under no illusions about speaking in front of a high school history class. This may have been a fave subject of mine but I knew full well most of the students in a class like that were probably bored as hell and could care less about history in general. I knew my visual aid might find a few interested guys… and I knew I could appeal at least to the guys in general because it was “war stuff”. Still, I gave it a whirl.
    As I stood at the front of the class I could see the profound “I could care less about this crap.” gaze back at me. I drew pictures on the chalk board as I spoke, trying to convey the feelings of the people in those days that led up to the first attack. More than a couple times I nearly broke out in laughter as I saw how the students were responding to me.. or rather, to the subject. I would recall when I was sitting in such a class, screwing around or just in a semi-conscious daze; girls doing their nails… guys picking their noses… the general stuff.
    Anyway.. the hit of my presentation was, of course, the real Civil War gun they got to touch & feel as they left class.
    End of story. I am sure my little talk didn’t inspire a damn human in that room… but it was fun for what it was, to me. 🙂

    1. I like that idea…I know what you mean they are still dis-interested in the past….all are looking to be a CEO or something …….my student is impressive and hope she continues her trip into history…..she is a repeat student she took my class on US foreign policy in MS since 1945….she is very bright….chuq

      1. Move is.. moving along. I am fortunate that I have taken possession of both places hence I can move gradually over three weeks. It’s the best move I’ve ever done. In the past my moves have been logistical nightmares in having to be out inside a weekend… and finding the right U-Haul and getting additional muscle hired. I am doing this all with my own trailer and minimal muscle. But.. it’s still a lot of stuff. There’s a lot of this, “What are we saving this shit for?” going on. 🙂

    2. Another great example of the lack of interest in history, Doug. Your civil war still has so many repercussions in modern day America. If they don’t want to know about it, how can they possibly hope to have any understanding of the country they live in? Sad.

  2. My simple answer, to ‘What is America’s goal?’
    Since 1945, they have been trying to make every other country in the world part of America.
    Can I have extra credit for that please? 🙂
    Best wishes, Pete.

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