The Bush Doctrine and Soft Power
Describes the essence of the Bush Doctrine and its incompatibility with soft power, as well as the main components of soft power and its applications in U.S. foreign policy.
# 65357 | 2,380 words | 9 sources | MLA | 2005 |
Published on May 07, 2006 in History (U.S. Presidency) , Political Science (Political Theory) , Political Science (Terrorism) , International Relations (General)
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Soft power, along with military might, has always been an important part of American foreign policy. One may even argue that, at times, it has been the dominant tool of policymakers, and they have gained more by using it than by using crude force. The paper describes soft power as the ability to get what you want through attraction rather than coercion or payments. It arises from the attractiveness of a country's culture, political ideas and policies. This paper provides an overview of the policy of soft power and how it is incompatible with President George W. Bush's present foreign policy.
From the Paper:"So high is the disdain toward American foreign policy, that in Germany for example, one- third of the people under 30 believe that the US government staged the attacks. The transition from "we are all Americans" to paranoid views like that can only be explained with the failed foreign policy of the Bush cabinet, its unilateral exercise of military power and its inability to use the great soft power the United States possesses."
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