Week 14 Lecture: The 21st Century and the End of Innocence
Week 14 Lecture: The 21st Century and the End of Innocence History 1302
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Week 14 Lecture: The 21 Century and the End of Innocence ID: Fall of Communism: Perhaps the most momentous global event of the late 1980’s was the destruction of the Berlin Wall. In fact, the political revolutions of 1989 marked the end of communism in Europe and the Soviet Union, as well as the end of the Cold War. ID: Persian Gulf War: Reagan’s successor, George Bush, organized an international coalition against Saddam Hussein when his forces invaded oil-‐rich Kuwait. Quick victory in the Persian Gulf War restored American confidence in its position as the World’s sole superpower and helped to diminish the ghost of Vietnam that had haunted American foreign policy debates for nearly two decades. President Bush biggest mistake, He does not take Saddam Hussein ID: Bill Clinton: In 1992, Arkansas Governor Bill Clinton defeated George Bush Sr. to become the first Democratic president in 12 years. During his 2 terms, Clinton raised taxes on the wealthy, cut government spending, and balanced the federal budget. Yet, the low-‐point in his presidency began when he was accused of encouraging a White House intern to lie to lawyers in a sexual harassment lawsuit about whether she had a affair with the president. Through he was impeached by the House, he was not removed fro office by the Senate. ID: 21 Century America: For Americans, the 20 century ended triumphantly. America was the strongest, wealthiest, most powerful nation on earth. It possessed the world’s most productive economy and the mightiest armed force. It dominated global manufacturing and trade and was on the cutting edge of invention, science, and technology. Its popular culture was dominant across much of the globe as well. Yet, the U.S. was not with out its enemies. Bush “F’s” it up… Powerful technology Influential pop culture (Very Dominant) We’re wealthy, productive Ranked pretty low in education … Oklahoma city bombing : timothy Mcvey , political move target democratic federal building of the city , beef with politics , young white guy ID: 9/11: On September 11 , 2001, Al-‐Qaeda terrorist turned commercial airlines into missiles and attacked key symbols of American economic and military might. In response, President George W. Bush and his advisors vowed to punish all nations sponsoring terrorism. Then, using questionable intelligence and asserting the right to use preventable force, the U.S. went to war with Iraq. In the end, America’s superpower status couldn’t protect them from terrorist, nor did it guarantee victory over insurgents in Iraq and Afghanistan. ID: Barack Obama: In 2009, Barack Obama was elected as America’s first African American President. Facing the economic woes of the “great Recession” and the military challenges of the ongoing war in Iraq, the President signed into law the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 and vowed that all U.S. troops would leave Iraq within 18 months. President Obama was reelected in the 2012 election, defeating Republican Mitt Romney.