Regan Revolution through President Obama
Kelly B. Turner
Contemporary US History
06 September 2012
During the time period under discussion from the Regan Revolution to our current President Obama, one major historical turning point was the creation of the Internet. This vast network of linked computers that allowed information to be shared easily and instantly, propelled the information technology of personal computers and cell phones forward at high speed. (Schultz, 2011) The ways that the Internet has changed life in the United States over the past two decades is vast. The economy has widely changed in this new age of ...view middle of the document...
To be sure, the Internet has shrunk the world for all and created an unknown amount of possibility for the future for business and society.
A second major historical turning point under discussion is the terrorist attack on September 11th, 2001. Four planes were hijacked, two striking the World Trade Center towers and ultimately bringing them both down, one crashed into the Pentagon, and the last one crashing in a field in Pennsylvania after the passengers realized that they were being used as a human missile and decided to take things into their own hands. More than 3000 people died that terrible day in the United States. For this current generation, that day is etched in American’s memories just as it was for Pearl Harbor and the JFK assassination for the previous generations. Much has changed in American culture, politics, and laws because of 9/11. The greatest immediate impact on the United States was the “War on Terror” that came on the heels of 9/11. The war in Afghanistan has gone on for over 12 years, has claimed the lives of over 2200 service men and women, and wounded almost 20,000 military members. The Iraq War, presented to the American people as an extension to the War on Terror, has claimed even more military lives, almost 4,500 killed and almost 32,000 injured. (DOD) The cost of American lives has been great since the fateful day of 9/11, starting with the civilians killed in New York, Washington D.C., and Pennsylvania, and continuing still today with the thousands of military that lay their lives down to exterminate terrorists. Not only has this aspect of American life changed with the ongoing war on terror, but also day-to-day life in the United States has changed. Travelers are required to submit to pat downs and full body scans at the airport before they can even enter the airport terminals, too many laws to count have been passed under the Patriot Act to prevent future terrorist attacks, and now, the country examines the scope of our intelligence community in the wake of high profile information leaks, all in the name of protecting America. It’s too soon to say just what the long term changes in this country will stick and what Americans will take from the lessons learned from 9/11; one thing is for sure, the conflict between the extremist Muslim world and the United States that simmered for decades exploded that clear September morning and the violence and casualties have yet to subside.
The United States went to war in Afghanistan and Iraq for a gamete of different reasons. The war in Afghanistan was to retaliate for the attack on American soil on September 11th, 2001; the purpose was to go after Osama bin Laden and his al-Qaeda group, this was where they were known to have terrorist training camps and it was the main hub of operations for the terrorist group. (Shultz, 2012) The FBI had traced the hijackers to al-Qaeda and on more than one account, senior members of this group accepted responsibility for...