By Ivo H. Daalder
President George W. Bush is top a revolution in American overseas coverage. Galvanized via the terrorist assaults of September eleven, he has greatly amended, and sometimes deserted, ideas 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 becoming risk, Bush believes that the simplest - if now not the single means - to make sure America's safety is to schuck the limitations imposed by means of associates, allies and overseas associations. during this booklet, Ivo Daalder and James Lindsay discover how Bush grew to become a international coverage progressive. earlier than assuming place of work, he used to be commonly obvious as a beginner in overseas 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 another country led many to finish that his presidency could flow towards isolationism. Daalder and Lindsay convey that the normal knowledge used to be improper. Bush, a White condo 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 yank strength used to be tips to advertise America's nationwide pursuits. The Bush revolution in overseas coverage, the authors argue, incorporates with it excessive hazards and doubtless excessive expenditures.
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America Unbound: The Bush Revolution in Foreign Policy by Ivo H. Daalder