New National Security Strategy in an Age of Terrorists, Tyrants, and Weapons of Mass Destruction : Three Options Presented As Presidential Speeches / Edition 1

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Almost exactly a year after the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, President George W. Bush released his National Security Strategy to Congress and the American public. This strategy document, which was based upon classified studies by the National Security Council, is the most detailed and comprehensive statement of how the Bush administration intends to protect the security of the United States in the post-September 11 world. While few have disagreed with the goals of the strategy, there has been a great deal of controversy about how these goals should be applied in practice. This book lays out the best case for three different options, each of which could serve as a guide in implementing the National Security Strategy.

The first option recognizes that traditional strategies of deterrence and containment will not work against tyrants and terrorists. Hence, it proposes that the United States adopt a bold new strategy of dominance and preventive action that elevates preemption to a cardinal norm, maintains military dominance, and actively seeks to extend free-market democracy throughout the globe. The second option asserts that active deterrence and containment will continue to work against even the most ruthless tyrants, that preemption should be reserved for exceptional circumstances, and that the United States needs only sufficient military power to protect its vital interests and should not overextend itself by trying to remake the world in its own image. The final option emphasizes that even with its great power, the United States cannot win the war against terrorists and tyrants unilaterally. Therefore, the best way for the United States to protect its interests is to work multilaterally with its allies and partners to create a more cooperative rule-based international system backed by American power.

With the aim of generating thought and debate about national security, this Council Policy Initiative presents each of these three alternatives as presidential speeches, along with a memo that explains the strengths, weaknesses, and politics of each option. The Bush administration's original National Security Strategy is included in an appendix to complement the three foreign policy directions it inspired.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780876093290
  • Publisher: Council on Foreign Relations
  • Publication date: 9/28/2003
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 150
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 8.48 (h) x 0.41 (d)

Table of Contents

Memorandum to the President 1
Speech 1 U.S. Dominance and Preventive Action 40
Speech 2 A More Stable World with U.S. Power for Deterrence and Containment 58
Speech 3 A Cooperative World Order 77
App. A The National Security Strategy of the United States of America, September 2002 99
App. B NSPD-17/HSPD-4: National Strategy to Combat Weapons of Mass Destruction, December 2002 140
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