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He argued and finally won over the Cabinet to an independent policy. In Monroe's message to Congress on December 2, 1823, he delivered what we have always called the Monroe Doctrine, although in truth it should have been called the Adams Doctrine. Essentially, the United States was informing the powers of the Old World that the American continents were no longer open to European colonization, and that any effort to extend European political influence into the New World would be considered by the United States "as dangerous to our peace and safety." The United States would not interfere in European wars or internal affairs, and expected Europe to stay out of American affairs.
Originally posted by Jamuhn
Also, what interests are our priority? What interests should be our priority? We can't just say anything we want, we get. That will only lead to more conflict.
I ask you what should be important to America, and who or what is a terrorist. We need to have well-defined enemies, and PROVEN priorities that this country's infrastructure depends on. Much of that debate though will tip over to other topics like energy.
Manifest Destiny -- a phrase used by leaders and politicians in the 1840s to explain continental expansion by the United States -- revitalized a sense of "mission" or national destiny for Americans.
The people of the United States felt it was their mission to extend the "boundaries of freedom" to others by imparting their idealism and belief in democratic institutions to those who were capable of self-government.
Originally posted by regs
You say that you would die for your freedom, but, will you put it all on the line for the freedom of people you don't even know?
I would submit that given that the worlds biggest proven oil reserves are in the Middle East, Energy and terrorism may be linked until those reserves run dry.
Terrorists and thier networks are by design hard to pin down and quantify. The groups have shown an increasing sophistication and a level of compartmentalization that would have made the CIA or KGB proud. Its difficult to separate the wolves from the sheep. In this case, the logical choice is to go after countries that support of aid the terrorists.
At a congressional hearing today, Assistant Secretary of the Interior for Land and Minerals Management, Rebecca Watson told the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Resources that America faces an energy challenge because of a fundamental imbalance between energy consumption and domestic energy production.
Nonetheless, oil consumption is currently increasing by only 1 percent per year, and consumption in 1999 was only 3.5 percent higher than it was in 1978.