The Carter Doctrine

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The Carter Doctrine and the Effects in Afghanistan
POL 300
July 28, 2013
Professor Koltochnik
Adreion Rice
Assignment 2

As recorded, The Carter Doctrine was a policy proclaimed by the president of the United States Jimmy Carter in his State of the Union address on January 23, 1980, which stated that United States would use military force if necessary to defend its national interest in the Persian Gulf region. The doctrine was a response to the 1979 invasion of Afghanistan by Soviet Union, and was intended to deter the Soviet Union-the Cold war adversary of the United States-from seeking hegemony in the Gulf. After stating that Soviet troops in Afghanistan posed “a grave threat to the free movement of middle east oil,” Carter proclaimed:
The region which is now threatened by Soviet troops in Afghanistan is of great strategic importance: It contains more than two-thirds of the world's exportable oil. The Soviet effort to dominate Afghanistan has brought Soviet military forces to within 300 miles of the Indian Ocean and close to the Straits of Hormuz, a waterway through which most of the world's oil must flow. The Soviet Union is now attempting to consolidate a strategic position, therefore, that poses a grave threat to the free movement of Middle East oil. When Carter assumed office in 1977, he was a tabula rasa, the perfect American innocent in a world set in its ways. Predictions of how he would behave were few, and those that were attempted were based on Carter’s membership in the Trilateral Commission, as if a general staff existed to give the orders that Lieutenant Carter would follow. It turns out, in retrospect, that believers in the omnipotence of Trilateralism gave Carter too much credit, for they assumed that when presented with a coherent program, the President would respond. Actually, Carter never developed a foreign policy. To Jimmy Carter,…...

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