The Role of America in the World Analytical Essay by Shaad

The Role of America in the World
This paper discusses the criticism of America's conduct in the wake of 9/11, and judges the new duties called for in a changing situation.
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In this article, the writer considers how the role of America in the world is changing, especially in reference to what has happened, or is still taking place, in the aftermath of the events of 9/11. The writer first presents two scathing criticisms of America's conduct. The writer notes that Eric Foner focuses on how the educational establishment disseminates a myopic and self-celebratory history of the nation. The writer points out that Charles Ferguson's critique centers on the hubris of the American leaders. The essay analyzes these two critiques to find the essential advocacy. The conclusion is that the nation must persist in its ideals, but at the same time it must take more cognizance of the external world and that the leadership must curtail hubris.

From the Paper:

"The role of America is coming under increasing critical scrutiny, especially considering what has taken place in the aftermath of events of 9/11. The nation has engaged in disastrous war campaigns in Iraq and Afghanistan. The post-war efforts towards nation-building have also drawn severe criticism from many quarters. This essay draws on two such critiques in order to evaluate America's changing position in regard to the world and the new duties that it entails.
"Eric Foner believes that America must curtail some of its insularity in the wake of recent events, and specifically the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. In this respect he believes that the history taught in American schools must be less self-celebratory, and that it must assume a more critical approach. The product of self-celebration is hubris, and in his film No End in Sight, Charles Ferguson depicts the American leadership as suffering from severe hubris in the way they managed the aftermath of the Iraq War. The customary American insularity becomes magnified in the leaders, and when the attitude of hubris is added to this, Ferguson shows how disastrous the consequences can be."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Foner, Eric. Who Owns History?: Rethinking the Past in a Changing World. New York: Hill and Wang, 2002.
  • Janara, Laura. Democracy Growing Up: Authority, Autonomy, and Passion in Tocqueville's Democracy in America. Albany, NY: SUNY Press, 2002.
  • No End in Sight. Dir. Charles Ferguson. Red Envelope Entertainment, 2007.
  • Zelicow, Philip, Christopher A. Kojm, Daniel Marcus. The 9/11 Commission Report: Executive Summary. 24 Apr 2007.

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