"The united States possesses unprecedented and unequaled-strength and influence in the world. Sustained by faith in the principals of liberty, and the value of a free society, this position comes with unparalleled responsibilities, obligations, and opportunity."
(President Bush, National Security Strategy, June 2002)
In the turn of the 20th century, after the collapse of the Soviet Union, the United States was the most powerful nation; it prospered economically, militarily, and politically. With this increase in power came a great consideration over how the United States would deal with foreign affairs. After the attacks on the World Trade Center the idea of preemptive measures became the highlight of the Bush's National Security Strategy. Everything was based on acting upon the terrorist before being attacked by them. The rest of the world, however, did not agree in preemptive measures and this caused the United States to loose many of its allies. When the United States went into Iraq they did so with more enemies then they had allies, and without the support of the United Nations. Preemptive measures seem necessary at a time of great threat, however without a multilaterist strategy, which the Unites States still lack today, they will not be able to succeed in Iraq. This unilaterist view that President Bush holds also contradicts much of what he has outlined in the NSS, and as a whole much of the rhetoric the NSS uses, is full of strategic myths that contradict with the actions that the Bush administration.
President Bush outlines many of his international goals in the National Security Strategy some of which include, working to accomplish free market and free trade, help defuse regional conflict, and form alliances against terrorism. The most important factor of the strategy, one which scholars have called "revolutionary" is that of preventive attack: the united states will prevent their enemies from threatening them or their allies with weapons...
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