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America unbound : the Bush revolution in foreign policy
Daalder, Ivo H.
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Washington, D.C. : Brookings Institution Press, [2003]

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vii, 246 pages ; 24 cm
The Bush revolution -- George Bush and the Vulcans -- Bush's worldview -- Building a team -- The first eight months -- September 11 -- Onto the offensive -- The Bush strategy -- The inevitable showdown -- The Iraq war -- Who's next? -- The perils of power.
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George W. Bush has launched a revolution in American foreign policy. He has redefined how America engages the world, shedding the constraints that friends, allies, and international institutions impose on its freedom of action. He has insisted that an America unbound is a more secure America. How did a man once mocked for knowing little about the world come to be a foreign policy revolutionary? In America Unbound, Ivo H. Daalder and James M. Lindsay dismiss claims that neoconservatives have captured the heart and mind of the president. They show that George W. Bush has been no one's puppet. He has been a strong and decisive leader with a coherent worldview that was evident even during the 2000 presidential campaign. Daalder and Lindsay caution that the Bush revolution comes with significant risks. Raw power alone is not enough to preserve and extend America's security and prosperity in the modern world. The United States often needs the help of others to meet the challenges it faces overseas. But Bush's revolutionary impulse has stirred great resentment abroad. At some point, Daalder and Lindsay warn, Bush could find that America's friends and allies refuse to follow his lead. America will then stand alone--a great power unable to achieve its most important goals.

Author Notes

Ivo H. Daalder is a senior fellow in Foreign Policy Studies and the Sydney Stein Jr. Chair in International Security at the Brookings Institution. He is the coauthor, with James M. Lindsay, of America Unbound: The Bush Revolution in Foreign Policy (Brookings, 2003) and the coauthor of Winning Ugly: NATO's War to Save Kosovo (Brookings, 2001), written with Michael E. O'Hanlon. James M. Lindsay is vice president and director of studies of the Council on Foreign Relations, where he holds the Maurice R. Greenberg Chair. He was previously deputy director and senior fellow in Foreign Policy Studies at the Brookings Institution. His books include Agenda for the Nation (Brookings 2003) and Defending America: The Case for Limited National Missile Defense (Brookings 2001). In 1996-97, Lindsay was director for global issues and multilateral affairs on the National Security Council staff.

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Booklist Review

Hailing President George W. Bush as the architect of a radical new foreign policy, the authors are clearly impressed with America's recent display of muscle. They do not, however, acknowledge critics who claim the Bush revolution may merely be a recycling of failed doctrines of colonialism and interventionism. Still, though most contemporary analysts credit the president's advisors with designing current foreign-policy practices, Daalder and Lindsay insist that Bush himself is in charge. If we have become a lone-wolf nation, it is because of his belief that an unfettered and aggressive America is both secure and capable of altering the international status quo for the better. After outlining the nuances of this new nationalist strategy, its challenges, rewards, and risks are analyzed in detail, providing foreign-policy wonks with plenty of material for debate. --Margaret Flanagan Copyright 2003 Booklist

Choice Review

Daalder (Brookings Institution) and Lindsay (Council on Foreign Relations) provide a reasoned, well-documented analysis of the origins and evolution of the foreign policy of the George W. Bush administration. Daalder and Lindsay explore the argument that senior policy staff provided the impetus for the Bush administration's assertive nationalism. Subsequently, they offer strong evidence that the policy of assertive nationalism based on a belief in US exceptionalism is a response to the convictions and leadership predispositions of George W. Bush. The authors cogently discuss the effect of Bush's predispositions on his administration's case for war against Iraq, his administration's failure to prepare properly for nation-building following the successful military campaigns in Afghanistan and Iraq, and the potential negative long-term consequences of assertive nationalism and preventive war. This book seems written for a mass audience. It could have been more useful for the informed public if the authors had linked their observations regarding the development and implementation of policy by Bush and senior policy makers to existing theory regarding the impact of leadership perceptions, such as selective perception, on the foreign policy formulation process. ^BSumming Up: Recommended. All levels. C. W. Herrick Muhlenberg College