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LO-17 AFP G.W. Bush-1

LO-17 AFP G.W. Bush-1 - LO-17 George W Bush Before Prep to...

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LO-17 George W. Bush Before Sep 11, 2001 Prep to Campaign - Condi Rice – 5 central themes F.A. Jan/Feb 2000 Ensure US mil can deter war, project pwr, fight in defense of US interests Promote econ growth & pol openness by extending free trade & stable intl monetary system Renew strong relationship w-allies who share US values Focus on comprehensive relationships w-big pwrs, particularly Rus + PRC, that can mold character of intl pol sys Deal decisively w-threat of rogue regimes & hostile pwrs (Terrorism & WMDs singled out for mention) During the Campaign o Bush team espoused a “realism.” Bush promises a “humble” foreign policy with “moral clarity.” Criticized Clinton-Gore for being too interventionist – extending use of US troops around world to undertake nation-building Calls for reduced involvement in nation-building But in 1999 had supported Clinton’s use of force in Kosovo. Refuses to set deadline for force removal US troops are over-extended Accuses the Clinton administration of lurching from crisis to crisis. Contend they would provide steadier leadership and better focus. Proposes w-drawal of US gnd forces from P’keeping in Balkans Advocates refocusing on the neighborhood – i.e. stronger econ & pol relationship w-L.A., esp Mex o Supports NAFTA signed by Clinotn in 1992 Argues that Washington's relationship w-Beijing ''is going to change from one of strategic partner to one of competitor, but competitors can find areas of agreement, such as in trade.''
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o Argues for permanent normal trade relations w-PRC o Supports PRC entry to WTO o But supports defense of Taiwan if attacked Supports cutting off aid to Rus during Chechen war Sees China & Russia as competitors, not adversaries o McCain: sees Putin as ''ruthless, ex-Communist apparatchik'' o Bush: “it’s to early to tell.” Seek to re-build strained relations Signals preference for prompt deployment of Natl Missile Def o Since 1983 many on right continued to push for Strat Missile Def o Tempo increases when Rep capture House in 1994; Senate 1996 o Spk of House, Newt Gingrich gets legislation passed that calls for deployment by a certain date. o But loopholes needed to get law passed allow for indefinite postponement. Pres Clinton signed legislation. o On 23 July 1999 Clinton sets out four criteria by which to judge whether missile defense was feasible: threat, cost, technological performance, and adherence to the ABM Treaty as renegotiated with Russia. o On 1 September 2000 he said the technology did not yet justify deployment, and so postponed the issue to the next president. Assumes Presidency Jan 2001 Bush has little foreign policy experience But heads team wth significant F.P/Sec Pol experience o V.P. Cheney – Sec Assit to Rumsfeld 1969, Pres Ford’s CoS, 5X congressman from WY – 1979-89, GHWB’s Sec Def 89-93 o Sec State Powell – 35 yrs mil experince, adv to Pres Reagan for Natl Sec, CJCS under GHWB o
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