Mike Gravel quoted the U.S. as being war hungry drunk. He believes his country is a drunkard who declares war on anyone who poses a threat to them. Additionally, he believes that the United States is an imperialistic nation which is going downhill. This could be true, especially in the case of Great Britain during WWII. Fighting two world wars caused its collapse as an great power.
Examining Mike Gravel’s argument, this article will examine 10 wars where U.S. was a war hungry drunk. It will also explore the reasons why each war was waged on those posing as a threat to them. The article is part 1 of 2 article serious examining the topic from both sides.
1. Iraq War, 2003:
In January of 2002, President Bush identifies Iraq, as well as Iran and North Korea as “axis of evil”. He vows to stop dangerous regimes from threatening the United States with the world’s most destructive weapons. In June of the same year the President examines a new defense doctrine which asserts that the U.S. needs to strike against another state to prevent a potential threat. He proposes a resolution in September of the same year which Iraq would need to comply with. Following this, the congress approved an attack on Iraq and by January 28, 2003, Bush announced his readiness to attack Iraq, despite UN disapproval. This was despite the fact that no weapons of mass destruction found during inspections between October of 2002 and January 28, 2003.
2. Vietnam War:
This war was fought for 19 years with little progress made before the withdrawal. Between 1945 and 1954, the Vietnamese waged an anti-colonial war against France and received $2.6 billion in financial support from the United States; the former eventually won against the latter. Trouble ensued when the South Vietnamese government with American backing, refused to hold the unification elections in 1956. Tensions increased in 1958 when Communist-led guerrillas (the Viet Cong) began to battle the South Vietnamese government. This war between the Vietcong/Soviet Union and the Vietminh/U.S.A. did not end until 1975. The whole purpose was to declare war on those posing a threat to the United States before they strike. The only issue here was that Vietnam was nowhere near the United States and was not fought on US turf. Soldiers died in vain as no victory was declared.
3. World War I:
The United States only entered WWI in 1917. It entered after one of their ships was sunk and once the Zimmermann Telegram was intercepted by the British. The telegram was written to Mexico by Germany as a way to seek assistance to invade the United States. Many critics believe that this was a tactic used by Germany to prevent the United States from supporting the Triple Entente. Others believe that they tried to act like heroes, trying to gain attention for saving a risky and deadly war.
4. World War II:
There was no question in historians’ opinions that Japan would have surrendered once the Axis fell in May of 1945. Many historians believe that the United States desired to claim its rightful status on the international front. They dropped the bomb basically to show who the boss is. They also desired to show the world what technological advancements they had discovered. They were looking for war and found one on a country already weakened by 1945.
5. Guatemala War:
In the 1960s and 1970s, American military helped make Guatemala’s army the sturdiest and most sophisticated in Central America. During the Johnson presidency, the Green Berets (US aids) were sent to Guatemala to renovate the Guatemalan Army into a modern counter-insurgency force. While there, the US conducted a Vietnam –style war. There was, however, an alternative motive for the United States. They were dreadfully afraid to lose their cheap labour, if insurgents took over. The result: mass killings and killing machines of innocent individuals. Was war really necessary? I’ll let you decide.