Team America: World Police

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In the aftermath of World War II, every nation of the world emerged mentally and, in some cases, physically altered. The physical affects of the Second World War spanning from Pearl Harbor to the battleground that made up most of Western Europe to Nagasaki and Hiroshima are visual pictures engrained in the minds of all, past and present, but the American ideology that these destructive images helped to give rise to would directly shape American domestic and foreign policy for approximately the next 50 years and indirectly shape the current policies implemented in the United States today. The United States, a world super power, entered World War II in December, 1941. The apprehensive and notably late involvement of the U.S. provided…show more content…
As a world power, the U.S. held many options, but Luce explains in his article that America has failed to act as the world power it has become by not entering the war, but this can be rectified if we "accept wholeheartedly our duty and our opportunity as the most powerful and vital nation in the world and in consequence to exert upon the world the full impact of our influence, for such purposes are we see fit and by such means as we see fit" (Luce, "The American Century, Diplomatic History, p. 165). The duty Luce speaks of is one of implementing an international free economic enterprise, one of sharing American technical and artistic skills, and one in which America serves as the "Good Samaritan" and extinguishes world hunger. Luce's article explains that it is the American duty to police the world and bring about peace. His ideals are not only highly optimistic, but proposing a utopian world in the midst of World War II further explains the distorted view Americans held of themselves and the distorted image America portrayed to the rest of the world because of a superior attitude. In the last section of Luce's idealistic text, he claims that his plan for world peace at the hand of the "exceptional" America "will fail and none of it will happen unless our visions of America as a world power includes a passionate love of freedom, a feeling for the
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