U.s. Foreign Policy : The Game Of Plausible Deniability

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US: Overextended in the Game of Plausible Deniability
As I previously stated in the “U.S. Foreign Policy” section of my paper, the U.S. was spread across the globe in several conflicts. The U.S. had forces in Haiti, Somalia, the Balkans, and the middle East, so when the bloodshed began in Rwanda, the U.S. was not eager to extend it resources to another battle.
John Shattuck, Assistant Secretary of State for Human Rights stated, “Bosnia was in one of its real crisis modes. The Europeans didn’t want to authorize American air strikes for fear that it would endanger troops, and US was not about to authorize any troops for Bosnia. So it was a terrible stalemate there. And thousands and thousands of Haitian boat people were taking to the high seas and trying to get away from Haiti (PBS, America’s Response)
The United States found itself is a precarious position. The U.S. did not want to send troops to another battle in Africa, especially after Americans were sickened seeing the naked mutilated bodies of U.S. troops being dragged through the streets of Somalia. But, the U.S. had a moral duty to act against human rights atrocities since the U.S. had adopted the 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights Doctrine. The United Nations could apply pressure to the United States to act if the Rwandan crisis had actually been reported as a crisis by the U.S and not merely a skirmish. So to avoid being pressured, the United States maintained it was not aware of the unfolding crisis.

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