The “Old” American Empire is Dead

This article briefly summarize what Obama said about the “new” American empire. Obama stated that the new US imperialism focused on political settlements rather than the military fights, and he emphasized two issues which were the conflict in Syria and the problems about singling out Iraq. When Obama talked about the problem with Russia about how to implementing their chemical weapon agreement, he argued that the US government preferred the diplomatic resolution to negotiate with each other and refused either explicit or implicit threat of force. Furthermore, when Obama talked about addressing the conflict in Syria, he said the US would be largely humanitarian, and make sure there would never exist “a safe haven for terrorists.”

Throughout each single word Obama said, we can see that the US government now decides to use a more peaceful way to dealing problems with other countries, which has the same idea with the article “Empire” written by Shelley Streeby. She argued that the “new” US imperialism emphasized on the pursuit of newest technology, commercial investments and interests, and the friendly international relationship; instead of the formal annexation of new lands like before.

I agreed with what Ban said that “the military victory is an illusion, and the only answer is political settlement.” This is what the “new” US imperialism illustrated. The military victory can just help one country win superficially because of the waste of money and death of citizens. However, diplomatic negotiation is the only way to create a win-win resolution.


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