Cheney represents a neoconservative realist position – other neocons incorporate a liberal a

Cheney represents a neoconservative realist position – other neocons incorporate a liberal a

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Cheney represents a neoconservative realist position – other neocons incorporate a liberal and/or constructivist approach – argue that the US has a responsibility to spread democracy to the rest of the world. Intellectuals like William Kristol and Francis Fukuyama (who has since broke with the neocons) advocate this aspect of American power. Much of this was encapsulated in the Bush Doctrine, from 2002 – which starts: “Sustained by faith in the principles of liberty, and the value of a free society, this position comes with
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Unformatted text preview: unparalleled responsibilities, obligations, and opportunity” – because the US is the most powerful state in the world, it should use this power to confront dangers to international peace. 1. Liberty is a human right and the US will defend it. 2. Terrorism will be confronted, primarily through targeting states that support terrorism (here we see the realist focus on states) 3. Pre-emption will be used to stave off any challenges to American power....
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