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Apr
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Apr
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comment If the Iraq War was because of their oil, has the US achieved their war aims
It seems that the war in Iraq has severely backfired in terms of US soft power. The international credibility and respect for the US declined sharply following the war, and the only message it sent was that we're a bunch of belligerents who will do whatever want no matter what everyone else says. That's the definition of hard power, not soft power.
Mar
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comment Founding Fathers and the American Civil War
I wouldn't really know what sources to recommend—one of the main reasons why I don't participate more actively here. Any good book on the American post-Revolutionary years or the slave trade should cover this. If I remember correctly, Eric Foner has written a lot about the domestic slave trade during the antebellum period. Lacy Ford has a good book on slavery in the Old South entitled Deliver Us From Evil, and Founding Brothers by Joseph Ellis is a nice read and I'm pretty sure covers this question as taken up during the Constitutional Convention.
Feb
29
comment Plans for More Nuclear Warfare in Japan during WW2
What I've read before was at least 8 or 9 months. I don't recall a source for that information though, so it's hard to say which is misleading. Given what I know otherwise, 3 months seems awfully short.
Feb
29
comment Founding Fathers and the American Civil War
The importation ban was not intended to curve slavery, then or eventually. It was intended to bolster the slave trade (and thus the economy) of existing slave states who had large slave populations they wanted to sell. It was a lot more like economic protectionism than a social measure. Slaves were cheaper to import from the Caribbean, but that didn't do Virginia any good.
Feb
29
comment Plans for More Nuclear Warfare in Japan during WW2
Not really possible, we had only created 3 nuclear bombs at the time. 1 of them was used in the test, then 2 were dropped on Japan. Sure, we had the technological know-how to produce more, but it was going to take a considerable amount of time to do so. No one was actively planning more attacks.
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