the recent bombing of the uss cole is one of many incidents of terrorism directed against the united states. more than 40 percent of the world’s terrorism is directed against u.s. targets. pursue the alleged perpetrators through the criminal justice system, and still others would beef up intelligence capabilities. to deal with potential attacks involving weapons of mass destruction, some analysts advocate extending the reach of law enforcement agencies or spending more on domestic preparedness programs; others would encourage a policy of u.s. military restraint overseas to attempt to reduce the motivation for terrorist attacks on u.s. targets.
the least important reason for the u.s. acquisition of hawaii was its potential as a vacation spot. ideological interests such as converting the citizenry to christianity, economic interests such as sugar and the possibly of a refueling station were paramount in american minds.