The Bush Doctrine

The Bush Doctrine - that allies have differing levels of...

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The Bush Doctrine The Bush Doctrine is much wider in scope than any of the singular elements for which it is criticized. It is rather a set of policies that reflect five interconnected strategic elements: 1) American Preeminence- the reality and consequences of the fact that America is the most powerful country in the world, but that power has its limits. 2) Assertive realism- Central to the Bush Doctrine is the judgment that when it comes to catastrophic terrorism, the best defense is a strong offensive, including the use, when necessary, or preemption and preventive war. 3) Strategic stand-apart alliances- The bush administration understands the lession that every administration eventually learns: few allies are supporters on every matter, and all have their own interests, which may or may not coincide with ours on particular matters, as well as the understanding
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Unformatted text preview: that allies have differing levels of sympathy with and commitment to American national security policies. 4) The New Internationalism: selective multilateralism- the Bush administration believes that international institutions are not currently structured or operating in a way that allows the U.S to fully depend on them for vital national security issues. It follows that these institutions must be reformed before they can be depended upon, if ever. 5) Democratic transformation- here the doctrine presents a twist by using an old solution to solve a new problem. President Bush is not the first president to want to make the world safe for democracy, but he is the first to explicitly voice the strategy of using democracy as a tool to transform or neutralize now-dangerous countries....
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This note was uploaded on 09/04/2010 for the course GOVT 380 taught by Professor Tannenwald,n during the Spring '07 term at Cornell.

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