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Lisa Vaccarella (typist) Professor Field Agnes Radziszewska Intro to International Relations Yung-Hsi Chang Brian Cramer – Section 3 Ryan Stensaker February 11 th , 2008 The Bush Doctrine and the Spread of Terror After the terrorist attacks on the United States in September of 2001, President George W. Bush changed his previously held stance on the preeminence of state sovereignty in his issuance of the Bush Doctrine. The Bush Doctrine was administered only in the face of the new, violent threats of terrorism as a way to protect and promote American interests in the face of such new global terror tactics. The main purpose of the Bush Doctrine, then, is the ultimate defeat of terrorism as a means altogether. The Bush Doctrine does not achieve its goal. The Bush Doctrine promotes the spread of terror, it does not eliminate terrorism. The Bush Doctrine has four problematic and selfish elements. The first is a firm belief in the utmost importance of a state’s domestic system in figuring its foreign policy. The second is the sensitive perception of supposedly significant threats that can be defeated or eliminated only by new and vigorous policies, the most obtrusive being the tactic of “preventive war.” The last two bits of the Doctrine are linked to each other, one being the willingness of the United States to act unilaterally when no one else will
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