Mel Gurtov's Superpower on Crusade
According to Mel Gurtov, most would say that foreign policy has an erratic temperament. In his insightful book, "Superpower on Crusade: The Bush Doctrine in U.S. Foreign Policy", Gurtov shows that Bush's foreign policy follows his predecessors' policies of regime change, unilateralism, and an expanded military. The big things he believes to be Bush's gift to future presidents are two new highly controversial concepts. These key concepts are preemption and unprecedented secrecy. These two changes are something that Gurtov views as unwise and misleading to the population. Thomas Donnelly, in his book "The Underpinnings of The Bush Doctrine," gives the reader three underlying principles of the Bush doctrine. These three principles are that: the US should take action against "rogue" regimes, we should promote freedom around the world, and lastly, the US is the only country with enough military and economic power to carry out these objectives. Then, he gives explanations why he believes the policy best serves the country. First, we will focus on what Thomas Donnelly believes is the Bush Doctrine.
Thomas Donnelly gives three underlying principles of the Bush Doctrine. His first asserted principle is that although past competitors of the U.S. such as the USSR are out of commission, the US has good reason to heed concern over rogue states such as Iraq, Iran, and North Korea. These states, according to Donnelly, must get the US out of the way before they can have any significant hegemonic power. Because the US is such a powerful country, Iraq, Iran, and North Korea will inevitably flirt with terrorist organizations and pursue WMDs. Furthermore, these states could potentially cooperate wit...
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...rmer President Clinton in 1998, the group asked for the removal of Saddam from power.
With the information just presented, the Iraq war cannot be a coincidence. A personal analysis of the situation is that this administration was going to go to war with Iraq no matter what. For Bush, 9/11 was a Godsend. With very little information available to the public concerning the situation, Bush and his PNAC affiliated peers were able to paint a highly dramatized portrait of what they wanted the public to know, or at least think they know.
In conclusion, Thomas Donnelly presents information that can be seen, at face value, as an ideal. What Mel Gurtov has shown, through 231 pages of pure frustration towards our current administration, is that preemption and secrecy are not what they appear to be and that it could ultimately hurt our country rather than help it flourish.