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After Bush : the case for continuity in American foreign policy /
Timothy J. Lynch and Robert S. Singh.
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Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2008.
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xii, 382 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
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0521880041 (hbk.), 9780521880046 (hbk.)
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Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2008.
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0521880041 (hbk.)
9780521880046 (hbk.)
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Introduction: Winning the Second Cold War -- 1. Bush and the American foreign policy tradition -- 2. The constitution of American national security -- 3. The Second Cold War on Islamist terror: negative audits -- 4. The Second Cold War on Islamist terror: a positive audit -- 5. Iraq: Vietnam in the sand? -- 6. The Middle East: reformation or Armageddon -- 7. Friends and foes after Bush -- 8. The emerging consensus at home and abroad -- Conclusion: The case for continuity.
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6421144
 
Includes bibliographical references (p. 343-370) and index.
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Appeared in Choice on 2008-10-01:
Analysis and polemic comingle in this survey of past, present, and future US responses to Iraqi adventurism and Islamist radicalism. The Bush administration's quick turn to military force after September 2001 is traced to America's commitment to neoliberalism and its willingness to use any means necessary to protect US territory. Lynch (Institute for the Study of the Americas, Univ. of London) and Singh (Birkbeck College, Univ. of London) present a breathtakingly optimistic assessment of the consequences of the Bush Doctrine. George W. Bush behaved no differently than Woodrow Wilson, Franklin Roosevelt, or Al Gore. Measures that critics decry as infringements on civil liberties reflect the normal evolution of the US Constitution, accelerated by wartime exigencies. The campaigns in Afghanistan and Iraq have succeeded in augmenting the coherence of US intelligence agencies, preventing a second strike by al Qaeda and setting up "nominal democracies" in place of Taliban and Baathist dictatorships. If the cost of the war in Iraq is excluded, the price of the struggle against Islamist radicalism "appears sustainable and appropriate." By staying the course, a new, better Middle East can be envisaged "with relative ease, at least in the abstract." Consequently, successive administrations will, and should, perpetuate the Bush Doctrine. Summing Up: Recommended. General readers and lower-division undergraduates. F.H. Lawson Mills College
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"Whatever one might think of the argument that the Bush Doctrine not only will but should survive the Bush presidency - and I, for one, strongly disagree - Lynch and Singh develop it cogently and with great vigor. An important contribution to the literature on American foreign policy." Ivo Daalder, Co-author, America Unbound: The Bush Revolution in Foreign Policy
"To critics and decriers of the Bush doctrine, two well-versed scholars have forcefully posed the question: if not this, then what? In doing so, they have provided a most welcome tonic to the shrill election-year demagogy that has filled the American air." Joshua Muravchik, Commentary
"Lynch and Singh make a compelling case that the Bush doctrine will outlast the current American president, and they assemble considerable evidence to show that fundamental components of the doctrine are consistent with foreign policy tradition. The authors skillfully depersonalize the debate about American foreign policy in order to move beyond the current obsession with George W. Bush." Robert J. Lieber, Professor of Government and International Affairs, Georgetown University
"More compellingly than the Bush administration itself, Lynch and Singh argue that a Second Cold War is underway, this time against radical Islam. U.S. policies, they hold, must resemble those of the original Cold War. And American responses since 9/11 are sound and will endure. With panache, After Bush offers a well researched, original, and refreshing tonic to a truck-load of anti-Bush screeds." Daniel Pipes, Director, Middle East Forum
"Outstanding: a worthy successor volume to Kagan's Dangerous Nation." Brendan Simms, University of Cambridge
.,."[P]erhaps of greatest importance, there is no evident wish in the US - whether in the political elite in Washington, or in the Democratic Party, or in the nation as a whole - to abandon US primacy and exceptionalism. The new president of 2009 will only in some degree alter existing policies. Washington will continue to want to run, if not control, the world." Fred Halliday, Open Democracy
"Bush foreign policy defenders are sometimes difficult to find in academia, and for this reason alone the book has value....Still, the War on Terror/Second Cold War will continue even after the Bush administration has departed from office. How will American foreign policy change? This is an important question, one that should be examined apart from the personal animosity that drives so much of the discussion surrounding American foreign policy under President Bush. The ultimate goal should be the development of coherent, long-term policies that are grounded in American traditions and based on American national interests. After Bush is a useful book that can help facilitate the discussions needed to move us towards this goal." Darren Wheeler, University of North Florida, Law and Politics Book Review
'George W. Bush has joked that he only read one book at university. If he only reads one book in retirement, he might want it to be this one.' Today
"In After Bush, Timothy Lynch and Robert Singh lay out the case, with incisive scholarly detail, why there is likely to be--and should be--more constancy in American foreign policy in the coming years than not....Moreover, as After Bush argues, when you step back and take an honest account of how all of this has played out in practice, you see that, on balance, this American approach to the world has been successful. Whether it is the peace enjoyed by the democracies of the world, or the advances made in the war on terror, the existing approach to foreign policy has served Americans and their allies well." Gary Schmitt, The Weekly Standard
'This book is required reading for both defenders and critics of the current direction of American foreign policy. The authors make the provocative case that the policies of the Presidents to come will resemble those of the Bush administration, because Bush himself followed the historical traditions of America's approach to the world. On the other hand, the authors argue that a Second Cold War against Islamist terrorism has more in common with the first Cold War than many would like to think. This fascinating combination of foreign policy, strategy, and even constitutional law should cause readers to reconsider their fundamental positions.' John Yoo, Professor of Law, UC Berkeley
Lynch and Singh make a compelling case that the Bush doctrine will outlast the current American president, and they assemble considerable evidence to show that fundamental components of the doctrine are consistent with foreign policy tradition. The authors skilfully depersonalize the debate about American foreign policy in order to move beyond the current obsession with George W. Bush. Robert J. Lieber, Professor of Government and International Affairs, Georgetown University
'Learned, judicious, and courageous - this study of the Bush foreign policy will continue to illuminate and explain long after today's philippics and polemics have been consigned to the back shelves. A uniquely valuable work.' David Frum, American Enterprise Institute
"Learned, judicious, and courageous - this study of the Bush foreign policy will continue to illuminate and explain long after today's philippics and polemics have been consigned to the back shelves. A uniquely valuable work." David Frum, Resident Fellow, American Enterprise Institute
'The common sense view - shared by the chattering classes around the world - is that Bush has failed, that the war on terror has been a disaster, and that the United States should return with all speed to the multilateral system it so unnecessarily abandoned some time during 2001. Here is a book that frontally challenges all these cosy assumptions. The world and the United States have changed for ever - it insists - and the sooner the rest of us get used to the fact the better. A provocative, trenchantly argued study, that leaves the reader with few places to hide.' Michael Cox, London School of Economics
'The common sense view - shared by the chattering classes around the world - is that Bush has failed, that the war on terror has been a disaster, and that the United States should return with all speed to the multilateral system it so unnecessarily abandoned some time during 2001. Here is a book that frontally challenges all these cosy assumptions. The world and the United States have changed for ever - it insists - and the sooner the rest of us get used to the fact the better. A provocative, trenchantly argued study, that leaves the reader with few places to hide.' Professor Michael Cox, London School of Economics
"Timothy Lynch and Robert Singh do a fine job of defending the foreign policy approach of the George W. Bush administration. Deeply unfashionable and brilliantly polemical, After Bush will redefine the parameters of debate." John Dumbrell, Professor of Government, Durham University (UK)
'Timothy Lynch and Robert Singh do a fine job of defending the foreign policy approach of the George W. Bush administration. Deeply unfashionable and brilliantly polemical, After Bush will redefine the parameters of debate.' John Dumbrell, Professor of Government, Durham University
'Timothy Lynch and Robert Singh do a fine job of defending the foreign policy approach of the George W. Bush administration. Deeply unfashionable and brilliantly polemical, After Bush will redefine the parameters of debate.' John Dumbrell, Durham University
'... [the authors] have given students of international relations an alternative to the virtual consensus which damns George Bush and his policy.' Contemporary Review
"The common sense view - shared by the chattering classes around the world - is that Bush has failed, that the war on terror has been a disaster, and that the United States should return with all speed to the multilateral system is so unnecessarily abandoned some time during 2001. Here is a book that frontally challenges all these cosy assumptions. The world and the United States have changed for ever - it insists - and the sooner the rest of us get used to the fact the better. A provocative, trenchantly argued study that leaves the reader with few places to hide." Professor Michael Cox, The London School of Economics
'After Bush by Timothy J. Lynch and Robert S. Singh is a well argued alternative to the rash of condemning works that presently seek to command attention, due to the veracity of its arguments, it will, unlike them, stand the test of time.' Open History
"After Bush is a serious, carefully researched and documented analysis of American policy in the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks. Lynch and Singh demolish a great many of the dozens of myths and misconceptions that have become the conventional wisdom about the Bush administration's response to terrorism, the decision to go into Iraq and the thinking and influence of neoconservatives. It will take many more such books to balance the mountain of nonsense that has been piled up by ideologically driven academics and a huge flock of journalistic sheep. They should be congratulated for having made a start." Richard Perle, Fellow, American Enterprise Institute and Former Assistant Secretary of Defense
'A systematic and thorough argument is presented by Timothy Lynch and Robert Singh ...[the authors] make a strong case for why the right believes America should continue to shape foreign policy with the Bush doctrine ...' The Tribune
'Lynch and Singh make a compelling case that the Bush doctrine will outlast the current American president, and they assemble considerable evidence to show that fundamental components of the doctrine are consistent with foreign policy tradition. The authors skilfully depersonalize the debate about American foreign policy in order to move beyond the current obsession with George W. Bush.' Robert J. Lieber, Georgetown University
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Summaries
Long Description
Towards the end of his second term, it appears George W. Bush's foreign policy has won few admirers, with pundits and politicians eagerly and opportunistically bashing the tenets of the Bush Doctrine. This provocative account dares to counter the dogma of Bush's Beltway detractors and his ideological enemies, boldly arguing that Bush's policy deservedly belongs within the mainstream of the American foreign policy tradition. Though the shifting tide of public opinion has led many to anticipate that his successor will repudiate the actions of the past eight years, authors Timothy Lynch and Robert S. Singh suggest that there will-and should-be continuity in US foreign policy from his Presidency to those who follow. Providing a positive audit of the war on terror (which they contend should be understood as a Second Cold War) they charge that the Bush Doctrine has been consistent with past foreign policies-from Republican and Democratic presidencies-and that the key elements of Bush's grand strategy will rightly continue to shape America's approach in the future. Above all, they predict that his successors will pursue the war against Islamist terror with similar dedication.
Description for Bookstore
In a provocative argument, running counter to the majority of analyses, Lynch and Singh support the foreign policy of the George W. Bush administration and make the case for continuity. They suggest that the Bush dDoctrine should remain the basis which shapes America's approach in the future.
Description for Bookstore
In a provocative argument, running counter to the majority of analyses, Lynch and Singh support the foreign policy of the George W. Bush administration and make the case for continuity. They suggest that the Bush doctrine should remain the basis which shapes America's approach in the future.
Bowker Data Service Summary
The foreign policy of the George W. Bush administration has won few admirers, and many anticipate that his successor will repudiate the actions of the past eight years. In this text, Lynch and Singh argue that Bush's policy should be placed within the mainstream of the American foreign policy tradition.
Main Description
The foreign policy of the George W. Bush administration has won few admirers, and many anticipate that his successor will repudiate the actions of the past eight years. In their provocative account Lynch and Singh argue that Bush's policy should be placed within the mainstream of the American foreign policy tradition. Further, they suggest that there will, and should, be continuity in US foreign policy from his presidency to those of his successors. Providing a positive audit of the war on terror (which they contend should be understood as a Second Cold War) they maintain that the Bush doctrine has been consistent with past policy at times of war and that the key elements of Bush's grand strategy will continue to shape America's approach in the future. Above all, they predict that his successors will pursue the war against Islamist terror with similar dedication.
Main Description
George W. Bush's foreign policy has few defenders. After Bush provides a forceful rebuttal of Bush's critics, suggesting that subsequent administrations will feel obliged to continue with the thrust of his policy. Book jacket.
Table of Contents
List of figuresp. ix
Acknowledgmentsp. xi
Introduction: Winning the Second Cold Warp. 1
Bush and the American foreign policy traditionp. 17
The constitution of American national securityp. 46
The Second Cold War on Islamist terror: negative auditsp. 84
The Second Cold War on Islamist terror: a positive auditp. 111
Iraq: Vietnam in the sand?p. 147
The Middle East: reformation or Armageddonp. 189
Friends and foes after Bushp. 227
The emerging consensus at home and abroadp. 256
Conclusion: The case for continuityp. 289
Notesp. 299
Bibliographyp. 343
Indexp. 371
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