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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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The Imprudence of Isolationism

The Imprudence of Isolationism

(p.5) 1 The Imprudence of Isolationism
In Defense of the Bush Doctrine

Robert G. Kaufman

University Press of Kentucky

This chapter identifies several flaws in the arguments of Patrick Buchanan and others in favor of isolationism over the moral democratic realism espoused by the Bush Doctrine as the country's strategy in the fight against terror. Over the years, American foreign policy necessarily drifted away from its isolationist stance in international conflicts, particularly during its formative years in the early nineteenth century, toward one that had the US more actively involved in keeping the balance of power during World Wars I and II and during the Cold War with the Soviet Union. Today's geopolitical environment dictates that the US embrace its role as the world's only remaining superpower, given the continuing unrest in the Middle East and notwithstanding China's emergence as an economic powerhouse.

Keywords:   Bush Doctrine, American foreign policy, isolationism, democratic peace, balance of power, geopolitics, French Revolution, World War I, World War II, Cold War

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