By Ivo H. Daalder
President George W. Bush is top a revolution in American international coverage. Galvanized through the terrorist assaults of September eleven, he has notably amended, and every now and then deserted, recommendations 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 transforming into chance, Bush believes that the simplest - if no longer the one method - to make sure America's safety is to schuck the restrictions imposed by way of pals, allies and overseas associations. during this ebook, Ivo Daalder and James Lindsay discover how Bush grew to become a overseas coverage progressive. earlier than assuming workplace, he was once extensively noticeable as a amateur in foreign affairs who will be guided - if now not held captive - by means of his way more skilled advisors. His insistence through the crusade that the Clinton management had overextended the us in a foreign country led many to finish that his presidency may waft towards isolationism. Daalder and Lindsay convey that the traditional knowledge was once incorrect. Bush, a White condominium insider in the course of his father's management, had a transparent knowing of the way presidents needs to lead. And he believed that the convinced and unilateral workout of yankee energy was once easy methods to advertise America's nationwide pursuits. The Bush revolution in international coverage, the authors argue, consists of with it excessive dangers and probably excessive bills.
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America Unbound: The Bush Revolution in Foreign Policy by Ivo H. Daalder