By Ivo H. Daalder
President George W. Bush is top a revolution in American international coverage. Galvanized by means of the terrorist assaults of September eleven, he has notably amended, and on occasion deserted, ideas and associations that for many years guided America's engagement on the earth. With terrorists, tyrants and applied sciences of mass destruction posing a grave and starting to be chance, Bush believes that the simplest - if now not the one manner - to make sure America's safety is to schuck the limitations imposed via associates, allies and foreign associations. during this e-book, Ivo Daalder and James Lindsay discover how Bush grew to become a overseas coverage progressive. ahead of assuming workplace, he was once largely obvious as a amateur in overseas affairs who will be guided - if now not held captive - through his way more skilled advisors. His insistence throughout the crusade that the Clinton management had overextended the USA in another country led many to finish that his presidency could go with the flow towards isolationism. Daalder and Lindsay exhibit that the normal knowledge was once fallacious. Bush, a White condo insider in the course of his father's management, had a transparent realizing of the way presidents needs to lead. And he believed that the convinced and unilateral workout of yankee strength used to be how to advertise America's nationwide pursuits. The Bush revolution in international coverage, the authors argue, contains with it excessive hazards and doubtless excessive expenditures.
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He worked for Brent Scowcroft on the NSC staff during Gerald Ford’s presidency. In 1987 he served as an unpaid counsel to the Tower Commission, which President Reagan set up to investigate the origins of the Iran-contra affair. He eventually became one of the two principal authors of the commission’s highly praised final report. While serving as assistant secretary of defense during the first Bush administration, he was responsible for defense policy concerning NATO and nuclear weapons. He then returned to his law practice and also signed on as a principal in Scowcroft’s international consulting firm.
He was viewed by many of his colleagues as a negotiator and mediator more than as a strategist. Unlike most of the Vulcans, he wrote little and was never seen arguing policy positions on the television talk show circuit. Richard Perle, by contrast, was widely known in Washington and in many European capitals. He first came to Washington because of his connections to Albert Wohlstetter. Unlike Wolfowitz, Perle first got to know the strategist around the Wohlstetter family pool rather than in a classroom.
A former professor persuaded him to take a post at the Reagan Treasury Department, where he became a top aide to the secretary, James Baker. When Baker moved from Treasury to the State Department in 1989, Zoellick went with him. 14 Zoellick later served as undersecretary for economic and agricultural affairs. Among his many accomplishments at State was helping to negotiate the reunification of Germany. When Baker left Foggy Bottom to become White House chief of staff in the waning days of the elder Bush’s presidency, Zoellick once again followed, this time serving as deputy chief of staff.
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