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Why Has The United States Gone To War?

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The United States has gone to war since 1898, in response to attacks made on America. These attacks that have caused the United States to enter war include violent aggressions and threats made on America and America’s ideologies like democracy. This theory of why America has gone to war can be seen in the Spanish American War, World War 1, World War 2, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, and the War on Afghanistan.
The United States went to war with Spain in 1898 after the U.S.S. Maine exploded in the Havana harbor, next to Cuba. The U.S.S. Maine was a battle ship that arrived to Cuba in January, and was sent to protect America’s interest and to show Spain that America had force. When the ...view middle of the document...

The Final act that pushed America into war was Zimmermann Telegram, this telegram was written by Arthur Zimmerman, who was the German Secretary of foreign Affairs, asking Mexico to be allied with Germany incase of war with the U.S. and if Mexico did, then Germany would help them reclaim their “lost territories” which included Texas, New Mexico, and Arizona. The Zimmermann Telegram threat that brought the war to American soil. Two and a half years the United States stayed out of the war, and on April 6, 1917 they declared war on Germany. The United States joined World War 1 because it was physically attacked with the sinking of Lusitania and was threatened with war by the Zimmermann telegram.
World War 2 began in 1939 and was the most widespread war in history. During this war America tried to stay neutral, even while war in Europe was deadly. On December 7, 1941 at 7:48 AM, the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor with a surprise airstrike. Two and a half hours of bombing left more than 2,400 Americans dead, 21 ships sunk or damaged, and 188 aircrafts destroyed. The attack on Pearl Harbor outraged Americans and led the U.S. to abandon their policy of isolationism. The next day on December 8, the U.S. declared war on Japan, and on December 11 Germany and Italy declared war on the U.S. The U.S. entered World War 2 immediately after the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor leaving it in total destruction.
After World War 2, Korea was divided into two by the 38th parallel. Northern Korea’s government was called the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea and was communist, while southern Korea had the Republic of Korea, which was right winged. At this time America had already lost China to a communist government, and communism spreading was their biggest fear. Republicans criticized President Harry Truman because he did not provide enough aid to the Chinese nationalists. The trials of Alger Hiss and other espionage trials increased President Truman and his advisors pressure to not appear soft towards communism. The invasion of North Korea into South made president Truman fearful that the Soviet Union and China were going to spread communism worldwide. So on June 27,1950 President Truman and his administers decided to take the opportunity to defend South Korea from the invasion of North Korea. The U.S. could not lose another country to communism, because communism threatened America’s ideologies of democracy.
Vietnam was once a colony of France called Indochina, but when France was defeated in World War 2 by Germany, it left Vietnam without an effective controlling government, so Japan took charge. At the end of World War 2 France tried to push their way back into Vietnam, but realized they could not win. The Vietnam War was between the communists of Northern Vietnam and the anticommunists of Southern Vietnam. While France was still fighting the U.S. sent money to support them, because they needed the spread of...

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