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Bush Doctrine

The Coalition Against ISIS

Joe Peyronnin | Posted 11.05.2014 | Politics
Joe Peyronnin

Unlike the neocons that ran Bush's failed foreign policy, President Obama is not going to be rushed into another ground war. He believes he needs a strong coalition, including Arab countries, and a more inclusive Iraqi government, to ensure a broader and more enduring solution.

ISIS Atrocities in Iraq Represent the Catastrophic Failure of Bush Doctrine and Neoconservative Foreign Policy

H. A. Goodman | Posted 10.08.2014 | Politics
H. A. Goodman

After 4,804 U.S. soldiers died in Iraq and 2,340 U.S. soldiers died in Afghanistan, one million U.S. soldiers wounded in both wars, and a potential cost of up to $6 trillion, the last thing Americans need to see is video of fanatics executing civilians in Iraq.

Echoes of the 'Bush Doctrine' in Obama's Syria Rhetoric

Kevin Price | Posted 10.29.2013 | Politics
Kevin Price

Candidate Obama hated the "Bush Doctrine" and took advantage of every opportunity to criticize it. President Obama is finding it much easier to be critical of such an approach from outside the White House.

Was the Iraq War Worth It?

Hussein Ibish, Ph.D. | Posted 05.20.2013 | World
Hussein Ibish, Ph.D.

Ten years later, was the Iraq War worth it? Did the U.S. achieve its goals? Is Iraq a more democratic country? Are the Iraqi people better off than they were under Saddam Hussein? Was it worth the cost? And most important, was it worth the American and Iraqi lives lost? You decide.

The Nintendo Warriors Rise Again

William S. Becker | Posted 03.25.2013 | Politics
William S. Becker

The lesson of Vietnam is not that the United States should never go to war. It's that war is a last resort to be used only when there's a damn good reason and peaceful options have been exhausted.

The Character Assassination of Chuck Hagel Is Misleading and Cowardly

Michael Shammas | Posted 03.17.2013 | College
Michael Shammas

Certain features of his past are being grossly exaggerated in order to cloak the real anxieties of Hagel's critics -- namely, the fear that Hagel is not a proponent of the Bush Doctrine.

The Winner of the Election: George W. Bush

Anthony Gregory | Posted 12.29.2012 | Politics
Anthony Gregory

If Obama wins, it will be seen as a referendum on his Bush-like wars and power grabs, granting them permanent bipartisan entrenchment. If he loses, it will be perceived as a vindication of Romney's bellicose rhetoric and a victory for the neocons. The War Party wins regardless.

Revisiting the Clinton Doctrine

Robert Hardaway | Posted 08.19.2012 | Politics
Robert Hardaway

However one might feel about the Clinton presidency as a whole, one salient fact highlights his two four year terms in office -- namely that he never sent massive contingents of ground troops to deal with a perceived foreign threat.

The Death of the Bush Doctrine

Bill Schneider | Posted 08.27.2011 | Politics
Bill Schneider

Why are Republicans turning against the Bush Doctrine? Partisanship has something to do with it. Afghanistan has become Obama's war. But there's something going on here besides political expediency.

We Don't Need an "Obama Doctrine"

Hoyt Hilsman | Posted 06.04.2011 | World
Hoyt Hilsman

If the Obama presidency stands for anything, it is that an ideological or doctrinaire approach to difficult problems, whether internationally or domestically, will not work.

Is Obama Really George W. Bush?

Aaron David Miller | Posted 06.04.2011 | World
Aaron David Miller

Has Barack Obama become George W. Bush on foreign policy? If the President doesn't catch a break on Libya, he may well be on a glide path to regime change.

Obama Tries To Change Terrorism Rhetoric, Remove Terms Like 'Islamic Radicalism' From National Security Document

AP | MATT APUZZO | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — Less talk about "Islamic radicalism" and a lot more about doing business. In the year since President Barack Obama pledged a new be...

The Non-Bush Doctrine: Still Waiting for Obama's

Leon T. Hadar | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Leon T. Hadar

That the Obama Doctrine and the foreign policy that the president has been pursuing are closer in terms of substance and approach to those advanced by Bush I and Clinton may sound like very good news.

The Obama Doctrine: Marching That Long Gray Line Into a Gray Fog

Ken Blackwell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Ken Blackwell

During World War II, American productivity saved freedom for the world. But in the current era, Obama's economic policies will choke American innovation, and thus the power we project abroad.

Obama's West Point Graduation Speech

Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WEST POINT, N.Y. (AP) --The U.S. must shape a world order as reliant on the force of diplomacy as on the might of its military to lead, President Bara...

The Lesson of Iraq and Afghanistan: Next Time Invade France

Steven Clifford | Posted 02.16.2010 | Comedy
Steven Clifford

What countries should America invade in the future? How should we wage war and govern them after a swift victory? Let us apply the lesson we learned from the quagmires of Iraq and Afghanistan.

The Irrefutable Stupidity of Sarah Palin

Cenk Uygur | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Cenk Uygur

Why don't we call Newt Gingrich or Dick Cheney stupid? We don't make those charges against those people, because as much as we might not agree with them or like them, we know that they are not dullards.

Mr. President, 'Change' Is Your 'New Frontier'

John R. Bohrer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
John R. Bohrer

The Republicans' strategy of slowing down change couldn't be more evident than in the perpetually extending health care debate. But they have been successful at promulgating the idea that they, too, are touting change.

John Bolton's Nuclear Fantasy

Joe Cirincione | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Joe Cirincione

John Bolton told Jon Stewart he wanted America to be the only nation with nuclear weapons. Stewart is the comedian, but this policy is the joke.

Overcoming Pottery Barn Foreign Policy

Bob Burnett | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bob Burnett

Bush viewed America as a fortress where barbarians were hammering at our gates; as the leader in a global crusade. But Obama sees the US as one of many powerful players in a complex world.

An Obama Doctrine Emerges in Moscow

Joe Cirincione | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Joe Cirincione

In Prague, in Cairo, and now in Moscow, we are witnessing the emergence of an Obama Doctrine. A world view guided by universal compliance with democratic norms and the rule of law; policies driven by the convergence of shared interests and responsibilities; and a statecraft that does not shirk from the application of military force when necessary but promotes America's interests with respect for other nations and the strength of joint enterprise.

Pinocchio in Drag: Sarah Palin's Latest Lies

Geoffrey Dunn | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Geoffrey Dunn

Palin continues to maneuver herself, haphazardly as it may be, into a run for the presidency in 2012. Through it all she continues to delve in a disturbing duplicity, spewing lies and half-truths.

Another Bush Legacy: The Coalition of the Weeding

Meathead | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Meathead

I have adopted the Bush Doctrine. I am planning pre-emptive attacks against an adversary so insidious that it menaces not only my own home but threatens to destabilize my entire neighborhood.

After the Nuke Test, the US and North Korea Should Keep Talking

Michael Roston | Posted 06.02.2011 | World
Michael Roston

History is not on North Korea's side, and ensnaring the hermit state in negotiations establishes some possibility of reining in its behaviors.

Blue Dog Democrats and Republican Triangulation

Joseph A. Palermo | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Joseph A. Palermo

We must not allow the Blue Dogs to slow down President Obama's momentum or water down the sweeping reforms the nation needs in these trying economic times.