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Originally Posted by AmericanExceptionalism
To win a Presidential Election, the Candidate must solidify the Coalition in his own Party, then begin to fight for Independent & Undecided Votes leading up to November.
Solidifying the Coalition: Party members come from multiple states, with many divergent perspectives policy-wise, and Hot Button issues can be divisive. This is an Economy Election, but it’s also about winning the Trust of voters across the nation.
The Republican Party Spectrum (1 Being Most Towards
Prolonged sanctions levied against Iraq were expected to cripple Saddam’s regime or force compliance with UN mandates. This did not occur. Prior to the sanctions, Iraq imported 3.8 million tons of wheat annually. The sanctions imposed were expected to force Saddam to acquiesce, due to his reliance on imports of food. Saddam utilized these sanctions to create a protected market for domestic producers and import substitutes. With the predominance of agriculture having taken place in the central region
Justifying War in Democracies remains an arduous task, a dilemma that plagues politicians. Use of Force results in both human and capital costs, which remain inherently unpopular. I offer the “Poignant Moment Theory”, a specific event that catalyzes domestic support and patriotism to cultivate the necessary domestic support for foreign intervention.
American Civil War 1861: Bombardment & Surrender of Fort Sumter
Spanish-American War 1898: USS Maine destroyed in Havana
America’s Military Industrial Complex established preeminence following the Cold War. While President Carter is chastised for inadequate response to the Iranian Hostage Crisis and overthrow of the Shah, the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan in 1979 catalyzed the downfall of the USSR. Even the Peanut Farmer knew Afghanistan was, “The Place Empires go to die.”
Through the 1980s, the domestic economy was not strong enough and public sentiment still had not recovered from Viet Nam. Rather