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.


Say No to the Racism

By reading the article “Racism without Racists”, we can see nowadays most people will not discriminate against the African Americans and the black. However we could know that during the history, most of the black were oppressed for such a long time. More than 600,000 men lost their lives in the Civil War in 1860, which was caused by the slavery. By the end of the war, though the black would enjoy the right to get access to the school, hospital and transportation, they still were deprived of the right to enjoy the same conditions as the white’s hard for them to find a job or they could get a good pay even if they had get one. They still lived in the poverty.

From the developing of the American history, I think the racism will eventually die out in the nearly future. The American have changed their concept and began to accept the interracial marriage. Also now they chose Obama to be their president. Many people realized that it is ridiculous to discriminate them just because their skin is black. Furthermore, black people make great contribution to the American society and the role played is becoming essential.