By M. Hampton
American citizens and Europeans understand chance in a different way. american citizens stay extra non secular than Europeans and usually nonetheless think their country is providentially blessed. American protection tradition is comparatively reliable and contains the deeply held trust that existential probability on this planet emanates from the paintings of evil-doers. the united states needs to hence occasionally interfere militarily opposed to evil. the ecu Union (EU) safeguard tradition version differs from conventional eu iterations and from the yankee variation. the idea that of danger as evil misplaced salience as Western Europe grew to become extra secularist. Threats grew to become difficulties to control and get to the bottom of. The upsurge in anti-immigrant and anti-foreigner sentiment in the course of fiscal predicament undermines this version.
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The counterstrategy must therefore be swift, thorough and overwhelming in force. The assumption that the threat is always external and that wars will be fought elsewhere is confirmed by the fact that the United States never had a Homeland Security agency until the attacks of 9/11 occurred. Wars were not anticipated to be fought on US soil. The so-called American way of war requires a massive military that grinds down opponents on a foreign “GOD HAS FAVORED OUR UNDERTAKING” 39 battlefield. ”84 This is the strategy of annihilation, and it has characterized war-fighting American preferences since the Civil War.
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. He observes of American strategic culture: The image of the nation as an arsenal-fortress, busy, productive, filled with mountains of the best-wrought weapons, self-sufficient, isolated, impregnable, in the midst of a threatening world is still part of the available mythic imagery.
Yet, changes on both sides of the Atlantic are occurring. The slow erosion of the proclivity to assign providential meaning to national identity is occurring in the United States, correlated with a drop in the number of Americans who identify themselves with a particular religious affiliation. Debate continues as to why each of these signs has emerged, and what INTRODUCTION 21 they foretell. Yet, in both categories, a plurality of Americans identify themselves in a manner reflecting continuity.
A Thorn in Transatlantic Relations: American and European Perceptions of Threat and Security by M. Hampton