American Wars Abroad

1567 WordsJul 16, 20187 Pages
During the Cold War the United States was involved in numerous conflicts overseas. As the Cold War progressed there were occasions where the US extended its participation beyond what was necessary by not acting in a quick and decisive manner. When dealing with crisis or conflict, America must not prolong foreign involvement. The Vietnam War and the Arms Race between the U.S. and the Soviet Union are two instances where America prolonged involvement past what was necessary. Certain aspects of both events could have been avoided if the United States expedited their actions. An occurrence where America succeeded in taking concise and expedited actions was the Cuban Missile Crisis, which was resolved after only thirteen days of direct…show more content…
Neither country had a planned intention of bombing the other, yet the production of weapons did not cease. “The United States and the Soviet Union doggedly pursued this competition of developing bigger and more nuclear weapons from 1945-1991”(Arms Race). Neither country wanted to be the one to give in to the other country and give up first. The affects would be deadly and both sides were afraid of appearing weak. Finally actions began to be taken in hopes of slowing the Arms Race. “1991-July 31: President George H.W. Bush and Soviet President Gorbachev sign the strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START)”(Nuclear Weapons Timeline, NP). The START treaty was signed with the intention of eliminating fifty percent of the nuclear weapons that each country held. Although action was taken to slow the arms race, the START treaty was not negotiated as early as it should have been or as efficiently as needed. The arms race ended when the Cold War was officially proclaimed over in 1991, “However, although the end of the Cold War between the Soviet Union and the United States seemed to promise relief in the arms race, concern about nuclear proliferation continues into the 21st century” (Arms Race). The concern for a vast build up of nuclear weapons continues today due to the elongated arms race. If the U.S. and Soviet Union had negotiated a resolution to the arms race earlier, not as many American citizens would
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