How did we become “bogged down” in the quagmire of the Middle East, and how do we restore a policy of self-interest in America’s foreign relations?
Americans once proudly guarded their independence and self-interest.
In the Barbary War of 1801-1805, the United States answered attacks on its citizens by Muslim pirates with a decisive military response, even though the country was barely a fledgling power at the time.
Throughout the “Founding Era,” America’s presidents demonstrated a heroic determination to guard America’s interests. They were even willing to fight Great Britain (then the world’s superpower) in the War of 1812 to protect Americans’ rights, and later to defy the world’s great empires by establishing the Monroe Doctrine of American self-interest.
Sadly, America has turned away from this posture and become entangled in what seems to be an inescapable web of “internationalism.”
In the Islamist Entanglement—the latest installment of the acclaimed A First History for Adults™ curriculum—we will examine the historical roots of America’s plight. Students will learn how the modern Middle East was formed, what ideological forces have shaped its development, and what woeful role the United States has played in creating the ominous situation that now confronts us.
Six Culprits (Among Many) in America’s Decline
The course begins in January of 2008. It includes:
- 10 exciting weekly lectures, totaling over 15 hours of instruction
- the option of live teleseminar attendance
- MP3 recordings of classes, for easy downloading onto your iPod!
- specialized integration techniques to boost understanding and retention
- free web-based lecture repeats and reviews on demand
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