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Before WWII. Isolationist, not gonna get involved unless our safety is concerned or there's something to be gained.
involve ourselves in whatever's going on in the world, won't retreat back into isolationism, wouldn't work, would do so at our own peril
ensure Soviets don't gain influence in rest of world. Contain Soviet influence in Eastern Europe
The Gulf War
1991. Saddam Hussein dictated Kuwait, claimed it was part of Iraq's land and wanted to take it.
Paul Kennedy's thesis and the future of American power
rise: availability of economic resources and economic durability
fall: 1. military overstretch over 7000 military bases/outposts. spending lots of $, getting heavily involved in Iraq and Afghanistan
2. relative economic decline
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