Foreign/Domestic Policy

Essay by Agent673University, Bachelor's February 2003

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America's "New Economy"

"As the 1900's gave way to the new millennium, it became increasingly clear that a new era in American (and world) history had begun. The old era had been dominated by the Cold War struggle between the United States and the Soviet Union. The new era was defined by the rise of a new global economy...the ways in which the world's peoples lived, worked, and governed themselves. Global communication, trade, and capital flow all grew rapidly..." (Griffith, Baker 531). The United States rose to being the most powerful military supremacy nation in the world due to Reagan and Bush's destruction of the Cold War, bridging the 80's into the new 90's. George Bush's CIA and ambassadorial experience provided Americas key to our foreign policy negotiations, aiding in our nations leadership over the world. This defeat and new era caused our domestic and social society within America into a state of confusion and caused Americans to question what role they would play in this new society.

"Not only did the Cold War define America's stance in the world, dictating foreign policy choices from southeast Asia to Latin America; it defined the contours of domestic politics as well," (Chafe 549). How can we believe now after September 11, that we still or always have had leadership or supremacy in this world? How could the heart of our country be damaged so much affecting our nation as a whole? This recent tragedy damaged the core of our patriotism changing foreign and domestic policy after the 90's. During the 90's, a time of new cultural expression and power, the US was willing to use any economic, political, or military force necessary to uphold the new global system. After the Reagan legacy, President Bill Clinton created the "New Democrats," which,