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By Timothy J. Lynch

ISBN-10: 0521880041

ISBN-13: 9780521880046

In the direction of the tip of his moment time period, it sounds as if George W. Bush's international coverage has gained few admirers, with pundits and politicians eagerly and opportunistically bashing the tenets of the Bush Doctrine. This provocative account dares to counter the dogma of Bush's Beltway detractors and his ideological enemies, boldly arguing that Bush's coverage deservedly belongs in the mainstream of the yank international coverage culture. notwithstanding the moving tide of public opinion has led many to count on that his successor will repudiate the activities of the earlier 8 years, authors Timothy Lynch and Robert S. Singh recommend that there will-and should-be continuity in US overseas coverage from his Presidency to those that stick to. offering a favorable audit of the battle on terror (which they contend can be understood as a moment chilly battle) they cost that the Bush Doctrine has been in line with earlier international policies-from Republican and Democratic presidencies-and that the foremost components of Bush's grand procedure will rightly proceed to form America's strategy sooner or later. specially, they expect that his successors will pursue the battle opposed to Islamist terror with related commitment.

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The ideology of the United States – unlike that of France, Germany, and Russia – trumped the geography that made it possible. ’32 This tension between a geography inviting inversion and an enduring ideology demanding expansion is central to the American foreign policy tradition and it is one George W. Bush captures rather well. The United States was not dedicated to insularity but rather to a proposition that all people have rights – given not by government but by God. These rights were ‘unalienable’ and universal.

103 A better question would be to ask why American public policy is so often construed in such Manichean terms. Our answer goes to the heart of the paradox of the American foreign policy tradition, one that Bush captures very well. To understand why the United States has been so successful in international relations we must grasp the pragmatic and ideological nature of its approach. It is pragmatic insofar as it is not wedded to pre-existing conceptions of international legitimacy. This affords Washington considerable room for maneuver.

42 Certain factors compel intervention – the demands of trade and security have inescapably forced the United States to play global politics – while others factors induce withdrawal – the desire to make trade the sole purpose of foreign entanglements, for example. Thus trade, for scholars of several persuasions, becomes a motive that explains both engagement and withdrawal. Likewise, in broader terms, the ideology of the United States is schizophrenic: warning against the costs of intervention whilst simultaneously demanding it.

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