America Unbound: The Bush Revolution in Foreign Policy by Ivo H. Daalder

By Ivo H. Daalder

President George W. Bush is top a revolution in American overseas coverage. Galvanized through the terrorist assaults of September eleven, he has noticeably amended, and on occasion deserted, techniques and associations that for many years guided America's engagement on the earth. With terrorists, tyrants and applied sciences of mass destruction posing a grave and growing to be possibility, Bush believes that the easiest - if now not the one method - to make sure America's safety is to schuck the limitations imposed by means of associates, allies and overseas associations. during this publication, Ivo Daalder and James Lindsay discover how Bush turned a international coverage progressive. prior to assuming workplace, he was once largely visible as a amateur in foreign affairs who will be guided - if no longer held captive - by means of his way more skilled advisors. His insistence through the crusade that the Clinton management had overextended the USA overseas led many to finish that his presidency might float towards isolationism. Daalder and Lindsay express that the traditional knowledge was once improper. Bush, a White condominium insider in the course of his father's management, had a transparent realizing of the way presidents needs to lead. And he believed that the convinced and unilateral workout of yank strength used to be easy methods to advertise America's nationwide pursuits. The Bush revolution in overseas coverage, the authors argue, contains with it excessive hazards and doubtless excessive expenses.

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During the 2000 campaign, Bush described how he viewed the president’s role—it was as the country’s chief executive officer. ”18 Moreover, Bush believed that a president should act boldly. Leaders did not merely tinker at the margins. As he said about becoming governor: “I wanted to spend my capital on something profound. 6 trillion dollar tax cut, Social Security privatization, and deployment of an ambitious missile defense—attested to his desire not to spend his political capital on small things.

23 Bush also insisted that as a CEO president he would stick to his positions even if public opinion moved the other way. His campaign mantra was: “We have too much polling and focus groups going on in Washington today. ”24 This insistence on standing firm no doubt made for good politics. However, it probably also reflected Bush’s true feelings, particularly if it is understood as skepticism of conventional wisdom. His personal history showed that experts were often wrong and opinions could change.

8 Despite her change of political heart, she informally advised Gary Hart in his 1984 bid for the Democratic presidential nomination. That same year, however, the direction of Rice’s life changed. At a dinner at Stanford, she challenged the substance of a talk given by General Brent Scowcroft, then chair of President Reagan’s Commission on Strategic Forces. ”9 He arranged for her to be invited to high-level conferences in the mid1980s. She also won a prestigious fellowship from the Council on Foreign Relations that enabled her to spend a year in Washington working for the Joint Chiefs of Staff, handling among other issues, nuclear strategy.

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