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    Hi guys.


    Basically I have an essay due in tomorrow, 2500 words in length and I havent got a clue!


    My essay title is "Has the US' war on terror compromised it's position of hegemony?"


    I am really struggling with this so any help would be much appreciated as usual!!!


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    We don't help with homework around here unless someone shows they've already done considerable work. But you might start with spelling your title correctly.


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    No worries I can understand that, thanks for the response though.
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    My basic argument is that in response to having used coercion I.e the invasion of Iraq and Afganistan, the US have undermined their position of hegemony due to the basic definition of a hegemony being an imperialist influence rather than the use of its power in direct action. Whilst it could be argued that this was a justified use of coercion, supreme court cases such as Bush v Rasul and Hamdan v Rumsfield show that although the pretense was to protect Iraqi people from a tyranny, unfortunately it is clear that the US may have had Ulterior motives.

    However I am struggling to fully understand and make a concise argument.
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    That's a pretty advanced theory. I guess I've never considered the specific meaning of the word "Hegemony" in such detail. Looking at Wiki, I find it agrees quite a bit with your definition.

    Hegemony - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia


    I'm having a hard time telling how well the USA corresponds with their definition. We kind of inherited Britain's empire, and Wiki clearly says that the later stages of the British Empire counted as a hegemony, so I guess there is that. However we let all of the colonies leave, so whatever hold they had in their heyday, we have less of it now.

    And even if the USA is a Hegemonic power, Iraq and Afghanistan were certainly never part of it. They fall under the Ottoman, or more broadly the Islamic Hegemony, and that power isn't really all that friendly to ours. Using direct force on them would have been a requirement even if the USA were a perfect hegemony with respect to the nations that fall under its hegemonic influence.

    The fact that such a small number joined the "Coalition of the Willing" implies we've lost lots and lots of influence or never had as much as we thought. However, the fact that participation in the coalition was put forth as a voluntary obligation tells me that we are still trying to rule in a properly Hegemonic way.
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    "I spent thirty-three years and four months in active military service as a member of this country's most agile military force, the Marine Corps. I served in all commissioned ranks from Second Lieutenant to Major-General. And during that period, I spent most of my time being a high class muscle- man for Big Business, for Wall Street and for the Bankers. In short, I was a racketeer, a gangster for capitalism.I suspected I was just part of a racket at the time. Now I am sure of it. Like all the members of the military profession, I never had a thought of my own until I left the service. My mental faculties remained in suspended animation while I obeyed the orders of higher-ups. This is typical with everyone in the military service.I helped make Mexico, especially Tampico, safe for American oil interests in 1914. I helped make Haiti and Cuba a decent place for the National City Bank boys to collect revenues in. I helped in the raping of half a dozen Central American republics for the benefits of Wall Street. The record of racketeering is long. I helped purify Nicaragua for the international banking house of Brown Brothers in 1909-1912 (where have I heard that name before?). I brought light to the Dominican Republic for American sugar interests in 1916. In China I helped to see to it that Standard Oil went its way unmolested.During those years, I had, as the boys in the back room would say, a swell racket. Looking back on it, I feel that I could have given Al Capone a few hints. The best he could do was to operate his racket in three districts. I operated on three continents."
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    (btw when hes saying I "helped" make country X this or that, "help" doesnt mean he landed there to sell boy scout cookies or serve as an extra hand for soup kitchens, he probably means help in killing, brutalizing, intimidating and eliminating those opposed to the interest or domination of US Corporations and Banksters.)
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    Not wanting to get too far off the OP's topic, but you can't use books that are older than the nuclear bomb to tell you about the present. In those days before, the USA barely even couched its intimidation tactics in rhetoric. It was open military extortion, because that was the way the world was understood to do business back then. There was no international scandal about one country invading another unless it was done in violation of a treaty. There was no "Department of Defense". It was called the "Department of War".

    I remember reading about Teddy Roosevelt sending a USA navy battle fleet around the world on a "tour", conducting targeting practice on dummy targets at all of it's stops for the amusement of the local populations. I'm sure their leaders were very "amused". He also usd the word "bully" as a compliment. Go back further in American history and we did some outright land grabbing. We got Florida by simply announcing to Spain that they needed to either put a troop garrison there or cede it to us. It was that simple.

    Post nuclear, post WWII is when everyone has started to get so focused on peace. All of a sudden territorial war among super powers was an impossible proposition. It had never been so at any time in previous world history, but people today treat it like it's always been this way. We'd probably be on World War 5 by now if that change hadn't occurred. Certainly the Cold War wouldn't have been so cold. Hearts and minds across the board in the USA have changed a lot in 70 years.
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    the war on terror is a foil
    the simple choice is to look to the financial aspects of the "conflicts"
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