WEST WING “LORD JOHN MARBURY” Conflict
WESTWING “LORD JOHN MARBURY”
Inthe episode of the West Wing “Lord John Marbury” the Americanpresident, Bartlet, and his staff finds themselves entangled with aglobal conflict. The conflict is between the Pakistan and India wherethe two nations posses a nuclear threat on each other at the border.In the meantime, Lord John Marbury, a flamboyant British expert issummoned to the white house to assist in the crisis. At the sametime, chief justice is not involved in the crisis resulting toincredibility of the White House Press Corps. This becomes moretroubling for the president when he learns that China wanted tointercede on behalf of Pakistan. During the troop movements in India,the chief of staff, Leo, decides to hide the information from pressand the chief justice.
IssuesThat the President Faced In His Attempt to Resolve the Conflict
Afterthe nuclear threats, president Bartlet decides to resolve theconflicts. Unfortunately, he faces some cultural, economic, andpolitical hindrances on the way. Firstly, cold war is still inexistence. According to Lloydand Thomas (1998),people are now living in homeland instead of states as they didpreviously. Although people believed that cold war is over, it isstill alive and fortified. War was everywhere. This includes coldwar, war games, tug of war, war on poverty, wars of the world, war ondrugs, antiwar, prisoner of war, among others. Lloydet. al. (1998) commentedthat it was difficult to turn on the television, open a newspaper ormagazine, go to a movie theatre, and fail to encounter a verbal orvisual element of war. Ultimately, this was a great threat to thepresident while fighting the nuclear war. Correspondingly, warresulted to other social issues such as poverty, social crime,destruction of properties, death, among others.
Thesecond major issue is the popular culture and global politics. Thiscan be illustrated in two cases: the cold war and the Americancontroversial global war on terror (Crothers,2012).During cold war, the Soviet Union and United States formed aninternational coalition to promote their interest. The United Statescoalition consisted of America, west Europe, and Australia. On theother hand, the Soviet Union consisted of Eastern Europe and china.The two parties promoted political, social, and economicphilosophies: liberal and capitalism. Occasionally, the coalitionengaged in armed conflicts and each side wanted to prove itssuperiority. Each party manufactured nuclear weapons with differentsizes, shapes, and level of destructiveness.
Further,United States consist of different nations hence, it was difficultfor the president to unite them together. Weibaum (2007) defines anation as a group of people related by combination of factors such aspolitics, language, history, culture, and occupies the sameterritory. Nevertheless, these people differ in beliefs, ideology,and culture. At other time, different nation with fight overdifferent ideas, political differences, land borders, among otherissues. Although nationalization advocates people’s contractions,the questions of land and territories are never left behind. Thesuperior nations, nationalization depends on transforming theirterritory into homeland. They obtain these pieces of land from theenslaved, defeated, and exploitation of inhabitants.
Lastly,the definition of America and declaration of its independence wasalso a hindrance to the president when resolving nuclear conflict.Different people emerged with different meaning of America. Americaand its corollaries such as American, Americanism, andAmericanisation seem to be self-evident (Gruesz,2004).One dictionary even defined it using it opposite “un-American.”Up to date, there are different theories that are used to define thecontinent.
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