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By M. Hampton

Americans and Europeans understand probability another way. americans stay extra non secular than Europeans and usually nonetheless think their country is providentially blessed. American safeguard tradition is comparatively strong and comprises the deeply held trust that existential risk on the planet emanates from the paintings of evil-doers. the USA needs to accordingly occasionally intrude militarily opposed to evil. the ecu Union (EU) defense tradition version differs from conventional ecu iterations and from the yankee variation. the concept that of probability as evil misplaced salience as Western Europe grew to become extra secularist. Threats turned difficulties to regulate and get to the bottom of. The upsurge in anti-immigrant and anti-foreigner sentiment in the middle of financial situation undermines this version.

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84 This is the strategy of annihilation, and it has characterized war-fighting American preferences since the Civil War. 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.

That said, Americans will respond negatively when it is perceived that too much mixing of religion and politics is occurring. A Pew poll from 2012 found that the number of American respondents who felt that “there has been too much expression of religious faith and prayer from political leaders” rose to 38 percent, the highest level it has been since Pew began asking the question “GOD HAS FAVORED OUR UNDERTAKING” 27 over a decade ago. ”18 It is important to clarify the secular/secularist relationship.

Strong reflected but also helped influence public opinion, alongside support from powerful political elites, such as Alfred Mahan and President Teddy Roosevelt, both of whom he knew. Mahan, a strategic thinker most famous for his study, The Influence of Sea Power on History, was an expansionist, and believed that the United States was providentially chosen to lead and expand into the world. 75 He captures so many of the fundamental elements from which American security and strategic cultures are derived, and understands the power of culture through which societies understand themselves and the world around them.

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