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

By Ivo H. Daalder

President George W. Bush is best a revolution in American international coverage. Galvanized through the terrorist assaults of September eleven, he has significantly amended, and on occasion deserted, concepts and associations that for many years guided America's engagement on the planet. With terrorists, tyrants and applied sciences of mass destruction posing a grave and growing to be chance, Bush believes that the simplest - if no longer the one manner - to make sure America's protection is to schuck the limitations imposed via acquaintances, allies and overseas associations. during this publication, Ivo Daalder and James Lindsay discover how Bush grew to become a overseas coverage innovative. earlier than assuming place of work, he was once generally visible as a beginner in foreign affairs who will be guided - if no longer held captive - by way of his way more skilled advisors. His insistence in the course of the crusade that the Clinton management had overextended the us overseas led many to finish that his presidency may flow 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 knowing of ways presidents needs to lead. And he believed that the convinced and unilateral workout of yank strength used to be the way to advertise America's nationwide pursuits. The Bush revolution in international coverage, the authors argue, consists of with it excessive dangers and doubtless excessive bills.

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In addition to his corporate work, 02 1688-5 chap2 30 8/21/03 2:03 PM Page 30 george bush and the vulcans Zakheim pursued a career as a defense intellectual. He wrote extensively for both experts and the broader public on a wide range of defense topics, including a book on the Lavi dispute. S. 13 Robert Zoellick was the Vulcans’ economics and trade expert. Born and raised in a Chicago suburb, he earned an undergraduate degree from Swarthmore and then public policy and law degrees at Harvard. A former professor persuaded him to take a post at the Reagan Treasury Department, where he became a top aide to the secretary, James Baker.

S. 13 Robert Zoellick was the Vulcans’ economics and trade expert. Born and raised in a Chicago suburb, he earned an undergraduate degree from Swarthmore and then public policy and law degrees at Harvard. A former professor persuaded him to take a post at the Reagan Treasury Department, where he became a top aide to the secretary, James Baker. When Baker moved from Treasury to the State Department in 1989, Zoellick went with him. 14 Zoellick later served as undersecretary for economic and agricultural affairs.

How many Americans have turned their lives around so completely that within a dozen years they became a two-time governor of the nation’s second most populous state and a serious contender for the highest office in the land? 03 1688-5 chap3 8/21/03 2:03 PM Page 35 three Bush’s Worldview W hen foreign policy came up during the 2000 Bush campaign, the discussions typically focused on what the Texas governor knew about world politics and whether it was enough to be commander in chief. Often overlooked was a different, and more important question: What did he believe?

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