President Obama 's Inaugural Ceremony Of The West Point Military Academy

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During the annual graduation ceremony of the West Point Military Academy, President Obama delivered a speech highlighting the current and future plans of America’s army. The speech was delivered during a period where U.S. troops were being recalled from Iraq and Afghanistan. For over a decade, America’s military involvement in these countries has led to a series of unanswered questions that the world demanded. This essay focuses on three International Relations theories, which are Realism, Liberalism and Marxism. President Obama’s speech will be analysed from each of these perspectives. Moreover, a stance would be asserted on the predominant notion. A realist believes that the “international system is anarchic.” (Sens & Stoett, 2014,…show more content…
Moreover, America also felt threatened by the spill over of terrorist linked to the Taliban and Al-Qaeda to neighbouring countries such as Pakistan. This led to a series of drone attacks in northern Pakistan, which was providing a safe haven for terrorists. Furthermore, President Obama says, “We can’t ignore what happens beyond our borders. If nuclear materials are not secure, that poses a danger to American citizens.” Realists’ believe that the “the primary objective of all states (i.e. their governments) is to follow the national interest and states must rely on their own efforts to ensure their own security” (Sens & Stoett, 2014, p.15). The fact that a country like Iran wants to holster nuclear weapons is seen as a threat to America and its citizens. Additionally, the U.S. military reportedly killed Osama Bin Laden in Abbottabad, Pakistan, without informing or taking consent from Pakistani officials. The president claims to take these actions to protect the U.S. and its citizens but not thinking what dramatic consequences and difficulties are faced in the countries where innocent lives are perished. America gains it’s own protection at the cost of others. Realists’ argue, “Relations amongst human groups revolve around conflict” (Sens & Stoett, 2014, p.14). In America’s stance, this has been true to a certain extent. For example, the Libyan revolution would not have been possible without U.S. intervention.
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