Posted on Monday 20 February 2006

Sometimes, things need to be formally declared dead. One of those things is the so-called Bush Doctrine. Originally proposed by Paul Wolfowitz in 1991 under the title Defense Guidance, then tabled by George Bush I, it lived in the halls of the right wing think tanks until it was revived by George Bush II at a West Point graduation speech in 2002. The elements are:
  1. Pre-emptive Military Action
  2. Unilateral Military Action
  3. Strength beyond Challenge
  4. Actively Spreading Democracy 

It was the theory behind forcing a war with Iraq, even without provocation. It has been an abysmal failure and a reason for global disgust with America. It was a very bad idea [except for #3, part of our longstanding policy].

May it Rest In Peace.

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