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By M. Hampton

Americans and Europeans understand possibility another way. american citizens stay extra spiritual than Europeans and usually nonetheless think their country is providentially blessed. American defense tradition is comparatively strong and comprises the deeply held trust that existential chance on the planet emanates from the paintings of evil-doers. the U.S. needs to as a result occasionally intrude militarily opposed to evil. the ecu Union (EU) defense tradition version differs from conventional eu iterations and from the yank variation. the concept that of chance as evil misplaced salience as Western Europe grew to become extra secularist. Threats grew to become difficulties to regulate and unravel. The upsurge in anti-immigrant and anti-foreigner sentiment in the middle of fiscal difficulty undermines this version.

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4 This chapter helps explain why Americans answer both of these questions in the affirmative. ”5 Americans continue to be very patriotic, and as the “shining city on the hill,” believe they stand apart from the rest of the world physically and are 24 A THORN IN TRANSATLANTIC RELATIONS raised above it morally. The catechism of American patriotism includes the belief that Providence helped found the Republic and has guided it since. Such beliefs were promoted before the American Revolution by the early religious founders of the colonies, were invoked to serve the aims of the Revolution, and have been appealed to over and again by elites straight through to the presidency of Barack Obama.

85 The proclivity for American national strategy to include the military strategy of regime change can be found in abundance through the strategy’s logic. 86 The American way of war, being cultural at root, also reflects the fundamental American beliefs that the United States is the arsenal of democracy set off from the rest of the world, but ready to enter epic battles with evildoers when absolutely necessary. In accepting that there is an American way of war, noted defense scholar Colin Gray sets out four characteristics.

America was still leery of the world, but was obliged to try and save the world, to make the world safe for democracy, American style. “A Frontier of Unknown Opportunities and Perils” 99 Americans had tremendous success in their wars of nation-building, or the frontier wars fought in the borderlands of what was perceived of as civilized and uncivilized societies. Not only did it seem preordained that the United States would win in these conflicts against Native Americans and Mexicans, many Americans perceived such experiences to be character-building and good for American national prowess.

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