‘Conservative Revolution’ Against America: The Bush Legacy – Debate About a Doctrine and its Tributaries
Social Sciences and Humanities – MESOJ, Vol. 1, No. 3, 2010
44 Pages Posted: 11 Nov 2010
Date Written: November 5, 2010
From the earliest days, the Bush doctrine has opened a national debate to which took part politicians, intellectuals, journalists and even the military. Some dubbed this doctrine « the Bush revolution, » as they argue that it has been conduced in foreign policy during the first 30 months of the Bush mandate. They view it consisting essentially in forsaking several constraints that had bound the United States to its allies and redefining the key principles that had governed the U.S. involvement in the world affairs for more than half a century. Otherwise, it was a revolution against the very principles that had guided US diplomacy.
In the present paper, we will answer the two following questions:
1) In what consists precisely this « revolution » if any, and how was it perceived by political analysts and researchers in the USA?
2) Does it have any chance to outlive the Bush presidency and come back to influence foreign policy again in any form? Or is it doomed because of its failure to understand our time and stand realistically to the challenges?
I: Introduction. II: The world is beyond the control of a single state, though. III: Is it explainable only by September 11? IV: Is it a model for other states? V: The dilemma: taking action for self-protection by increasing the risks. VI: Bush Doctrine and Just War Tradition – Global Hegemony … codename: Global Leadership. VII:Connection with the Israeli Likud Party. VIII: Conclusion. Notes and References.
Keywords: presidential doctrines, just war, preemption, preventive war, global leadership, hegemony, international relations, Middle East, post-Cold War order
JEL Classification: H56, H77, H73
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