By Ivo H. Daalder
President George W. Bush is prime a revolution in American overseas coverage. Galvanized through the terrorist assaults of September eleven, he has extensively amended, and every so often deserted, innovations and associations that for many years guided America's engagement on this planet. With terrorists, tyrants and applied sciences of mass destruction posing a grave and becoming chance, Bush believes that the simplest - if no longer the single approach - to make sure America's safeguard is to schuck the restrictions imposed via associates, allies and overseas associations. during this publication, Ivo Daalder and James Lindsay discover how Bush turned a overseas coverage progressive. earlier than assuming place of work, he was once broadly noticeable as a beginner in foreign affairs who will be guided - if no longer held captive - by means of his way more skilled advisors. His insistence throughout the crusade that the Clinton management had overextended the us in a foreign country led many to finish that his presidency might waft towards isolationism. Daalder and Lindsay exhibit that the normal knowledge used to be unsuitable. Bush, a White apartment 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 yankee strength was once the right way to advertise America's nationwide pursuits. The Bush revolution in international coverage, the authors argue, contains with it excessive hazards and doubtless excessive expenditures.
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