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In Defense of the Bush Doctrine$
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Robert G. Kaufman

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780813124346

Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5810/kentucky/9780813124346.001.0001

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(p.1) Introduction
In Defense of the Bush Doctrine

Robert G. Kaufman

University Press of Kentucky

The reasoning behind the Bush administration's strategy in fighting terrorism, also known as the Bush Doctrine, rests primarily on the belief that preemptive rather than reactive force is necessary in the US's fight against terror—as was highlighted by the events of September 11, 2001—and that a democratic regime change is needed in the Middle East, where a culture of tyranny and radicalism exists. This book contends that the Bush Doctrine is based on the principles of moral democratic realism, which is supported by two major premises: that preserving the vitality and integrity of a free society remains the fundamental goal of American foreign policy; and that the country's strategy should be guided by the virtue of prudence by not merely choosing the right ends but also the right means to achieve them.

Keywords:   Bush Doctrine, Bush administration, American foreign policy, 9/11 attacks, terrorism, weapons of mass destruction, moral democratic realism, national security, isolationism

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