Americans rarely want a conflict, and we try to stay out even when we are in a strong position. Why do we do this? During a conflict between France and Britain in the 1790s, France tried to enlist the our help as we were allies. We decided to remain neutral, fought off the French when they retaliated, and ultimately made peace with them. The decisions made precedences of neutrality in conflicts that aren’t ours, maintaining a strong navy, and ousting those who all they do is war.