Bush doctrine Essay

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bush doctrine

America's Age of Empire: The Bush Doctrine


With barely a debate, the Bush doctrine has set out a radically new -- and dangerous -- role for the United States.

On September 20, the Bush administration published a national security manifesto
overturning the established order. Not because it commits the United States to global
intervention: We've been there before. Not because it targets terrorism and rogue states:
Nothing new there either. No, what's new in this document is that it makes a long-building
imperial tendency explicit and permanent. The policy paper, titled "The National Security
Strategy of the United States of America" -- call it the Bush doctrine -- is a romantic
justification for easy recourse to war whenever and wherever an American president
chooses.


This document truly deserves the overused term "revolutionary," but its release was
eclipsed by the Iraq debate. Recall the moment. Bush, having just backed away from
unilateralism long enough to deliver a speech to the United Nations, was now telling
Congress to give him the power to go to war with Iraq whenever and however he liked.
Congress, with selective reluctance, was skating sideways toward a qualified endorsement.
The administration had fended off doubts from the likes of George Bush Sr.'s national
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