The George W. Bush Doctrine Term Paper by scribbler

A review of the literature relating to the doctrine of President George W. Bush.
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This paper examines seven peer-reviewed articles by David Hastings Dunn, Jim George, Robert J. Delahunty and John Yoo, Mary E. Stuckey , Walter Lafeber and Joshua Muravchik on the legacy and administration of George W. Bush. The paper outlines the main ideas of each article and how they consider Bush's foreign policy and specifically, his war with Iraq. The paper points out that these seven articles were chosen at random from databases, without deference to any particular political point of view.

From the Paper:

"David Hastings Dunn is the senior lecturer in the Department of Political Science and International Studies at the University of Birmingham in the UK. Dunn notes at the outset of his piece that the foreign policy of the Bush Administration "shifted radically" following the September 11, 2001 attacks on the United States. Whereas prior to the terrorist attacks the Bush policy was in search of a main theme - and the possibility of building a "star wars" kind of missile defense system was in the works - following the terrorist attacks Bush launched the strategic doctrine in 2002 called the "National Security Strategy (NSS) of the United States," later to become known as the Bush doctrine.
"Dunn asserts that prior to the September 2001 terrorist attacks, Bush was already viewed as "internationally provocative" due to his "abrogation of the ABM treaty," the U.S. withdraw from participation in the International Criminal Court, and his refusal to join the Kyoto Protocols on global climate change (Dunn, 2006, p. 1). In his speech to the U.S. Congress on September 20, 2001, Bush stated that the new "grand purpose" of U.S. policy was "ending terrorism.""

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Delahunty, Robert J., and Yoo, John. (2009). The "Bush Doctrine": Can Preventative War Be Justified? Harvard Journal of Law & Public Policy, 32(3), 843-855.
  • Dunn, David Hastings. (2006). A Doctrine Worthy of the Name?: George W. Bush and The Limits of Pre-Emption, Pre-Eminence, and Unilateralism. Diplomacy and Statecraft, Vol. 17. 1-29.
  • George, Jim. (2005). Leo Strauss, Neoconservatism and US Foreign Policy: Esoteric Nihilism and the Bush Doctrine. International Politics, Vol. 42, 174-202.
  • Hersh, Seymour M. (2003). Selective Intelligence: Donald Rumsfeld has his own specialsources. Are they reliable? The New Yorker. Retrieved March 30, 2010, from
  • Lafeber, Walter. (2002). The Bush Doctrine. Diplomatic History, 26(4), 543-562.

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