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Hegemony or survival: American quest for Global Dominance

            America's quest for global supremacy can be tracked by the U. government's aggressive pursuit of policies intended to achieve "full spectrum dominance" at any cost, even at the expense of human survival. The goal of this strategy is to prevent any challenge to the "power, position, and prestige of the United States," according to the position indoctrinated into US policy in 1963. The strategy was echoed nearly 40 years later in the official rhetoric of the US National Security Strategy laid out in September 2002: "Our forces will be strong enough to dissuade potential adversaries from pursuing a military build-up in hopes of surpassing, or equaling, the power of the United States." .
             The battles fought between the great European states in the two World Wars exemplified the need to restrain individual states from becoming rogue superpowers. With the fall of the Soviet Union in the early '90s, it was finally time to see if the United Nations could fulfill its mandate to control world order. The various strands of policy - the militarization of space, the ballistic-missile defense program, unilateralism, the dismantling of international agreements, and the response to the Iraqi crisis - project a drive for hegemony that ultimately threatens our survival. .
             If one combs through half a century of American history for vivid examples of military aggression cloaked in the sheep's clothing of "self-defense" (Cuba, Vietnam), "preventive warfare" (Granada, Nicaragua), "humanitarian intervention" (Kosovo, East Timor), and "war on terrorism" (Iraq), one can argue that the Washington propaganda machine offers a spin cycle of patriotic bromides designed to mask the true, self-serving motives of the government. In case after case, the policy makers have ignored public opinion and run roughshod over international law -- thereby perpetrating terrorist acts as ruthless as those they oppose. .
             The United Nations was created in order to provide an effective tool for tempering the power of individual states.

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