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America's Foreign Policy: 200 years on, has it worked?
As we look at the current situation of the United States in perspective to the rest of the world we are a superpower. There's no question about that. Militarily, no nation in it's right mind would want to fuck with us. Economically, we are still very powerful. However as good news begins to come out of Iraq, in the middle of the chaos, let's take a look at America's Foreign Policy, which is really no different than it was 200+years ago.
In 1785 Barbary Pirates took hostage the two American ships hostage and demanded $60,000 in ransom payments. America quickly paid it, and continued to pay $1 million annually for the safe passage of Americans. Things escalated, until in 1801, when President Thomas Jefferson sent a group of frigates to the Mediterranean to protect American interests. On Aug. 1st, 1801, the USS Enterprise captured the corsair Tripoli. The American Navy was almost unchallenged, as the Pirate States of Algiers, Tunis and Tripoli and aided by their ally Morocco, and independent nation were unable to contest the American Navy.
In April 1805 US Marines attacked the Tripoltian city of Derna, ending the war. The Barbary Pirates no longer would attack US ships, although this still happened occasionally.
With the War of 1812, the Barbary Pirates again began taking Americans Hostage. By 1815, the US had had enough. Ten ships were deployed, and swiftly captured two Barbary Ships. A treaty was soon signed, granting Americans full shipping rights.
In 1821 Mexico became an independent nation. Spain ceded the provinces of Alta California, Neuvo Mexico, and Texas to Mexico. Mexico found it almost impossible to govern it's new territories, being as they were thousands of miles from Mexico City. The Mexican government allowed a few hundred American families to settle Texas, but the lack of border security made it impossible to control, and soon thousands of Americans were living in Texas.
The Mexican government banned slavery, but many of the American-Texans were slave-owners. The Texas Revolution began in 1836, and later that year, after inciting revolts after besieging the Alamo, the Texans defeated General Santa Anna, the Mexican general. In 1845, after a refusal by US president James Tyler, Texas was recognized as a territory of the US, agreed by President Polk.
The boundary Mexico recognized was the Nueces River, and the US recognized the Rio Grande. Several skirmishes broke out, and one battle, all begun by the Mexican Army. The US declared war on Mexico, and invaded it from two fronts. The flag of the Republic of California was raised, and brought down two weeks later when the American Army and settlers arrived. In 1848, the same year gold was discovered, Mexico signed a treaty ceding New Mexico and California to the US.
So this I ask you: America's Foreign Policy, is it really that bad? Look at where America is today, how powerful it is. We got where we are by defending ourselves from both Terrorist/Pirate States as well as legitimate countries. In all cases we were attacked first. Now I'm not saying we should annex Iraq, what I'm saying is that throughout American History we have defended ourselves from attack by attacking those who attacked us and their allies. Why is this any different?
First Barbary War - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Second Barbary War - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Mexican-American War - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia