In President Polk had no justification in going into war with Mexico. While James Polk served as president of the United States he wanted. The Mexican War was a test to the belief that the United States had about itself and its destiny of gaining land. Johannsen demonstrates the way in which race interweaves with the war, with Americans not just viewing Mexicans as inferior, but as superior to others themselves, functioning independent of any other race. The victories against Mexico simply support the argument; the demeaning of Mexicans was another way to justify the military actions.
British Broadcasting Corporation Home. A war is only just if it is fought for a reason that is justified, and that carries sufficient moral weight. The country that wishes to use military force must demonstrate that there is a just cause to do so. The main just cause is to put right a wrong.
How Manifest Destiny Justified the Expansion of the Us
Then U. President George W. The invasion began on 20 March and ended on 1 May
Seeing the fact that much of the trans-Mississippi West laid outside U. Manifest destiny served as a justification for expansion by conveying the popular belief that the Unites States had a divine task to extend its power and civilization across the width of North America. Expansionists wanted to see the U. After Mexico won its independence from Spain in , the new country looked to attract settlers to farm its thinly populated northern province of Texas. Settlers from America were welcome and in fact they greatly outnumbered Mexicans in Texas three to one.