DATE: DECEMBER 6, 2005
SUBJECT: AMERICA’S GRAND STRATEGY
TO: PRESIDENT GEORGE W. BUSH
FROM: ALEA ROACH, CHIEF FOREIGN POLICY ADVISOR
This memorandum outlines the current grand strategy of the United States as has been implemented
by your administration since approximately September 11, 2001.
In his article “Is there a Doctrine
in the House?” Richard Haass states “There has been talk of a ‘Bush doctrine’ during this
presidency, but…the Bush administration has not applied a coherent policy so much as it has
employed a mix of tactics, including counter terrorism, pre-emption, unilateralism, and democracy
However, Haass could not be more wrong.
The United States does in fact have a
grand strategy, and since September 11, 2001, your administration has made great strides in
achieving this grand strategy, the grand strategy of Defensive Preemption.
The war in Afghanistan,
the war in Iraq, national security, and foreign policies have all served to further this grand strategy.
THE STRATEGY OF DEFENSIVE PREEMPTION
The strategy of Defensive Preemption can be articulated as being a strategy in which the United
States defends its own security and vital interests at all costs, even if and when this means the use of
nuclear weapons, unconventional warfare, brute force, armed influence, and preemptive strikes on
other countries, figureheads, or organizations.
The strategy of Defensive Preemption includes the
idea of keeping all options open when deciding how and when to defend the United States, much
like the “flexible response” doctrine of the Kennedy and Johnson administrations.
The doctrine of
Defensive Preemption includes the idea of that in order to defend the United States, we must
diplomatically (when possible) or militarily (when necessary) eliminate threats where they originate
before they have the chance to become a devastating attack on the United States.
policy will be carried out multilaterally, however when multilateralism fails, the United States can
and should unilaterally make decisions and take action concerning its own security.
In essence, this
strategy states that we must bring the war to the enemy before the enemy brings the war to us.