US Involvement Around The World: Think Before You Act

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It’s Monday morning, another weekend over, a new week full of decisions and obstacles for President Obama. A slowly growing economy, tensions with North Korea and soldiers still in Afghanistan and Iraq the President is always quite busy. Even though the President has lots of ad-visors to help him make decision's some advice that would really aid the president is the lesson that “Think before you act, be sure not to overreact” Some examples from the Cold War era that support this lesson are The Cuban Missile Crisis, The My Lai Massacre (involving napalm and agent orange) and the incident at Kent State. First off, Kennedy was under a lot of pressure during the time of the Cuban Missile Crisis. After the failed Bay of Pigs Invasion, the…show more content…
Americans both pro and anti war were outraged that our nations children were murdered in cold blood, simply exercising their constitutional right to protest. The massacre resulted in students across the country going on strike and forcing hundreds of colleges to close. “H. R. Haldeman, a top aide to President Richard Nixon, suggests the shootings had a direct impact on National polictics. In The Ends of Power, Haldeman (1978) states that the shootings at Kent State began the slide into Watergate, eventually destroying the Nixon administration. Beyond the direct effects of the May 4th [event], the shootings have certainly come to symbolize the deep political and social divisions that so sharply divided the country during the Vietnam War era.” Another example from the Cold War that proves the importance of thinking and not overreacting was the My Lai Massacre. On March 16, 1968, weary and frustrated American soldiers went in to the Vietnamese village of My Lai on a tip that there were Vietcong hiding in the village and murdered over 300 unharmed civilians including the elderly, women and young children. The soldiers had been under great strain because members of their unit had recently been killed and they were anxious to find the Vietcong to retaliate. Reports after the event indicate that before the soldiers entered the village their commanding officers stated, “This is what

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