The world is an ever changing place in politics and in foreign affairs. After the terrorist attacks of 9/11, the majority of Americans wanted the USA to take part in more military campaigns in order to cut out terrorism. However this is an opinion that is now changing as more and more Americans are wanting to keep out of foreign wars around the world.
9/11 TERRORIST ATTACK
September 11, 2001 saw one of the world’s biggest terrorist attacks take place in the USA. Terrorists associated with an Islamic group known as al-Queda, hijacked four airplanes. The terrorists intended to fly into four American landmarks such as:
The World Trade Center (Twin Towers)
A field in Pennsylvania (target unknown)
More than 3,000 people were killed in the 9/11 attacks including many firefighters and police-men.
THE USA RESPONDS TO 9/11
George Bush responded first by saying how the American people would not let terrorism win. True to his word, the USA led military campaigns in Afghanistan to destroy al-Queda and their Taliban ideals.
At this point in time the American people were reeling from the effect of the 9/11 terrorist attacks and popular opinion was one of revenge. The USA did not let her people down and became the world leaders in the fight against terrorism. This fight against terrorism has led to military campaigns in foreign countries such as:
Time has helped the USA to head and also led the American people to change their view on what role the USA should take in military campaigns.
THE ROLE OF THE USA UNDER BARACK OBAMA
Barack Obama one his first Presidency in 2004 due to his opposition to the Iraq war. This shows how the public opinion of the American people was beginning to change. Obama believed that the USA should keep their military in reserve for when it was needed the most.
Obama continued with his ideas of peace by reaching out to the Muslim world. Under his presidency, the USA have now withdrawn from most conflicts and troops have withdrawn from places such as Afghanistan and Iraq.
The role of the USA in the world today therefore is to create a sense of world peace instead of conflict. In this effort the USA is pulling out of being a world leader in foreign affairs looking for peaceful means instead of conflict.