By Ivo H. Daalder
President George W. Bush is prime a revolution in American overseas coverage. Galvanized through the terrorist assaults of September eleven, he has notably amended, and now and again deserted, ideas and associations that for many years guided America's engagement on this planet. With terrorists, tyrants and applied sciences of mass destruction posing a grave and becoming probability, Bush believes that the easiest - if now not the single manner - to make sure America's safeguard is to schuck the limitations imposed via acquaintances, allies and foreign associations. during this publication, Ivo Daalder and James Lindsay discover how Bush grew to become a overseas coverage progressive. ahead of assuming place of work, he used to be broadly noticeable as a beginner in foreign affairs who will be guided - if now not held captive - by means of his way more skilled advisors. His insistence in the course of the crusade that the Clinton management had overextended the us overseas led many to finish that his presidency may glide towards isolationism. Daalder and Lindsay convey that the normal knowledge was once mistaken. Bush, a White apartment insider in the course of his father's management, had a transparent knowing of the way presidents needs to lead. And he believed that the convinced and unilateral workout of yank energy was once find out how to advertise America's nationwide pursuits. The Bush revolution in overseas coverage, the authors argue, incorporates with it excessive hazards and probably excessive expenditures.
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Extra info for America Unbound: The Bush Revolution in Foreign Policy
This policy of the free hand rested on an important assumption: the benefits of flexibility far outweigh the diplomatic costs of declining to participate in international agreements that are popular with friends and allies. Washington could get away with disappointing its allies because of the fifth tenet of the hegemonist faith: the United States is a unique great power and others see it as such. This is the one proposition alien to the realist worldview, which treats the internal make-up and character of states as irrelevant.
After leaving the Defense Department, he worked first for McDonnell Douglas and then for System Planning Corporation, a defense contractor that analyzed defense issues for the Pentagon and manufactured components for weapons systems. He eventually became SPC’s chief executive officer. In addition to his corporate work, 02 1688-5 chap2 30 8/21/03 2:03 PM Page 30 george bush and the vulcans Zakheim pursued a career as a defense intellectual. He wrote extensively for both experts and the broader public on a wide range of defense topics, including a book on the Lavi dispute.
02 1688-5 chap2 34 8/21/03 2:03 PM Page 34 george bush and the vulcans After all, how would someone who was still learning about the world choose the right foreign policy priorities, decide whom to listen to when his seasoned advisers disagreed on what to do, know when his advisers reached a flawed consensus, or recognize when the conventional wisdom was actually right? Then again, Bush had reason to be self-confident. As Cheney explained it: “Well, but think of what he’s done. He’s the guy who went out and put his name on the ballot, got into the arena, captured the Republican nomination, devised a strategy to beat an incumbent vice president at a time of considerable prosperity in the country.
America Unbound: The Bush Revolution in Foreign Policy by Ivo H. Daalder