2002 September 20 Friday
Bush Administration articulates preemption strategy

Excerpts from a new Bush Administration report to Congress "The National Security Strategy of the United States":

It sketches out a far more muscular and sometimes aggressive approach to national security than any since the Reagan era. It includes the discounting of most non-proliferation treaties in favor of a doctrine of "counterproliferation," a reference to everything from missile defense to forcibly dismantling weapons or their components. It declares that the strategies of containment and deterrence -- staples of U.S. policy since the 1940s -- are all but dead. There is no way in this changed world, the document states, to deter those who "hate the United States and everything for which it stands."

"America is now threatened less by conquering states than we are by failing ones," the document states, sounding what amounts to a death knell for many of the key strategies of the Cold War.

One of the most striking elements of the new strategy document is its insistence "that the president has no intention of allowing any foreign power to catch up with the huge lead the United States has opened since the fall of the Soviet Union more than a decade ago."

Once the full document becomes available on-line I'll provide a link to it.

Share |      By Randall Parker at 2002 September 20 01:55 AM  US Foreign Preemption, Deterrence, Containment


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