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By Ivo H. Daalder

President George W. Bush is top a revolution in American international coverage. Galvanized via the terrorist assaults of September eleven, he has significantly amended, and every so often 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 turning out to be risk, Bush believes that the simplest - if now not the one means - to make sure America's defense is to schuck the restrictions imposed through pals, allies and foreign associations. during this booklet, Ivo Daalder and James Lindsay discover how Bush turned a international coverage progressive. earlier than assuming place of work, he used to be commonly obvious as a amateur in overseas affairs who will be guided - if now not 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 out of the country led many to finish that his presidency might glide towards isolationism. Daalder and Lindsay exhibit that the traditional knowledge used to be fallacious. Bush, a White residence insider in the course of his father's management, had a transparent figuring out of the way presidents needs to lead. And he believed that the convinced and unilateral workout of yankee strength was once how to advertise America's nationwide pursuits. The Bush revolution in international coverage, the authors argue, includes with it excessive hazards and probably excessive expenses.

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The National Security Council (NSC) appointment came at an auspicious time for a Soviet expert—the once rising Soviet Union was coming apart at the seams. Rice, like her boss, Scowcroft, and his boss, the president, favored working with Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev as long as possible. In 1989 she gained notoriety by physically preventing Boris Yeltsin, then the leader of Russia’s reform movement, who was demanding a meeting with President Bush rather than General Scowcroft, from leaving the NSC’s offices in the White House to go in search of the Oval Office.

During the 2000 campaign, Bush described how he viewed the president’s role—it was as the country’s chief executive officer. ”18 Moreover, Bush believed that a president should act boldly. Leaders did not merely tinker at the margins. As he said about becoming governor: “I wanted to spend my capital on something profound. 6 trillion dollar tax cut, Social Security privatization, and deployment of an ambitious missile defense—attested to his desire not to spend his political capital on small things.

S. intelligence community was downplaying the Soviet Union’s aggressive efforts to gain military supremacy because of the White House’s love affair with arms control. With the controversy threatening to sap conservative support for Gerald Ford’s 1976 presidential bid, George H. W. Bush, then director of Central 02 1688-5 chap2 26 8/21/03 2:03 PM Page 26 george bush and the vulcans Intelligence, set up “Team B” to review the top-secret data that the intelligence agencies used. Its ten members, all hard-liners, included Wolfowitz.

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