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By Timothy J. Lynch

In the direction of the tip of his moment time period, it seems that George W. Bush's overseas coverage has received few admirers, with pundits and politicians eagerly and opportunistically bashing the tenets of the Bush Doctrine. This provocative account dares to counter the dogma of Bush's Beltway detractors and his ideological enemies, boldly arguing that Bush's coverage deservedly belongs in the mainstream of the yankee international coverage culture. although the transferring tide of public opinion has led many to expect that his successor will repudiate the activities of the earlier 8 years, authors Timothy Lynch and Robert S. Singh recommend that there will-and should-be continuity in US overseas coverage from his Presidency to people who stick with. offering a good audit of the struggle on terror (which they contend will be understood as a moment chilly battle) they cost that the Bush Doctrine has been in keeping with earlier international policies-from Republican and Democratic presidencies-and that the major parts of Bush's grand approach will rightly proceed to form America's procedure sooner or later. specifically, they are expecting that his successors will pursue the warfare opposed to Islamist terror with comparable commitment.

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One can of course dispute the morality of the American system but not its remarkable success, especially compared to the record of its many ideological competitors who have fallen by the wayside. American foreign policy seeks markets. To establish them, policymakers must foster security and stability abroad to complement tranquility at home. They might occasionally, of course, prize turmoil and Bush and the American foreign policy tradition 31 transformation but only so as to affect new orders conducive to American capitalism.

67 The prominence given to trade is not the preserve of business-leaning Republican administrations. 70 George W. 71 Despite a checkered business career thereafter – from relative failure in oil to fame in baseball – he was nothing if not in tune with the commercial disposition of US foreign policy. His belief in the political utility of capitalism is a basic feature of his international strategy, as it will be for his successors. 72 We consider the Iraq War in detail in chapter 5. At this juncture it is worth remembering what great trust was put in oil wealth as the balm for post-invasion Iraq, and also how uncontroversial the strong role of American private enterprise in Iraq was for the Bush team.

Indeed, the war’s durability as a strategy, and the prospects for its ultimate success, flow from its unification of the different strands of that tradition. These are enumerated below and the Bush foreign policy weighed against them. In what follows we place the Second Cold War on a wide historical canvas. ’ Continuity, not change, is the hallmark of each. Is there a US foreign policy tradition? ‘Tradition,’ as a concept, is difficult to define with precision. It smacks of what international relations theorists term ‘unit-level variables’: national character and custom, particularity and idiosyncrasy, history and experience.

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