America Unbound: The Bush Revolution in Foreign Policy

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A splendidly illuminating book.
The New York Times

Like it or not, 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 once imposed on its freedom of action. In America Unbound, Ivo Daalder and James Lindsay caution that the Bush revolution comes with serious risks–and, at some point, we may find that ...

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Overview

A splendidly illuminating book.
The New York Times

Like it or not, 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 once imposed on its freedom of action. In America Unbound, Ivo Daalder and James Lindsay caution that the Bush revolution comes with serious risks–and, at some point, we may find that America’s friends and allies will refuse to follow his lead, leaving the U.S. unable to achieve its goals. This edition has been extensively revised and updated to include major policy changes and developments since the book’s original publication.

2004 Arthur Ross Book Award Honorable Mention

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Editorial Reviews

The New York Times
However we may feel about the new order, Ivo H. Daalder and James M. Lindsay -- two veterans of the Clinton National Security Council now at the Brookings Institution and the Council on Foreign Relations respectively -- pronounce what Bush has done as nothing less than a ''revolution.'' America Unbound is the most ambitious and important study in this batch, not least because the authors painstakingly develop the provocative thesis that the president is not the Dubya of cartoonists, a dim puppet of a cabal of old-guard hawks and neocons, but the master puppeteer himself. ''George W. Bush led his own revolution,'' they declare … The research is admirable, the arguments are well marshaled, and the absence of stridency adds considerable authority to the portrayal of Bush as a president whose ''worldview simply made no allowance for others' doubting the purity of American motives.'' — Serge Schmemann
The Washington Post
… the commentary is judicious, the language sober, and, given that both Daalder and Lindsay served in the Clinton White House and that Daalder was recently an adviser to Howard Dean, the measured tone invests the book with that much more credibility. — Mike Steinberger
Foreign Affairs
Days before the United States launched Operation Iraqi Freedom this past March, a well-known intellectual close to the White House walked me through the necessity and promise of the coming invasion. Whatever rancor it caused in the short term, he said, would pale in comparison to the payoff that would follow. In the months and years to come, Iraqis who had suffered under Saddam Hussein's tyranny would write books and testify to the brutality of the regime, the bankruptcy of the Arab nationalism that stood idly by while they suffered, and the improvement of their lives. That testimony and the reality of an Iraqi state where basic human rights were respected would shatter the anti-Americanism that fills the Muslim Middle East and start a wave of change that would sweep over the region.

It was a breathtaking vision, and one that was difficult to dismiss out of hand. But from the vantage point of late 2003, it seems little better than a fantasy. To be sure, the war did eliminate a dangerous and evil regime. But the Bush administration greatly exaggerated the scale and imminence of the danger Saddam posed, while dramatically underestimating the cost and burden of the postwar occupation. The prewar links between Iraq and terrorism proved to be as minimal as skeptics had charged. And the Iraqis' feelings toward their liberators turned out to be more ambivalent than Washington had assumed, the regional ripple effects less extensive, and the diplomatic damage of the whole episode worse and longer lasting.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780471741503
  • Publisher: Turner Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 8/26/2005
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 272
  • Product dimensions: 6.12 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.77 (d)

Meet the Author

IVO H. DAALDER is a Senior Fellow in Foreign Policy Studies at the Brookings Institution.

JAMES M. LINDSAY is Vice President, Director of Studies, and Maurice R. Greenberg Chair at the Council on Foreign Relations.

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Table of Contents

1. The Bush Revolution.

2. George Bush and the Vulcans.

3. Bush's Worldview.

4. Building a Team.

5. The First Eight Months.

6. September 11.

7. Onto the Offensive.

8. The Bush Strategy.

9. The Inevitable War.

10. "We Were All Wrong".

11. The Aftermath.

12. Whither the Bush Revolution?.

Notes.

Acknowledgments.

Index.

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