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Tuesday, February 15, 2005

STICKING TO HIS GUNS: "THE BUSH DOCTRINE WOULD SEEM TO BE ALIVE AND WELL"

"Sticking to His Guns: The consistency of Bush's foreign policy.
By Stephen F. Hayes *****Five Stars, a must read

"ON JUNE 28, 2004, a front-page article by Washington Post correspondent Robin Wright declared the Bush Doctrine dead, or at least on life-support. "The occupation of Iraq has increasingly undermined, and in some cases discredited, the core tenets of President Bush's foreign policy," she wrote, sourcing "a wide range of Republican and Democratic analysts and U.S. officials." The article was the culmination of months of media claims that the Bush administration had decided to abandon, or at least scale back, its bold foreign policy agenda....

But someone forgot to tell George W. Bush....

So, having failed to bury the president's principled foreign policy, the media have now decided that his current embrace of lofty goals is disingenuous....

...ever since September 11, the advance of human freedom and the spread of democracy have been at the heart of Bush's foreign policy. There were hints already in his first inaugural address: "America remains engaged in the world by history and by choice, shaping a balance of power that favors freedom. . . . To all nations, we will speak for the values that gave our nation birth...."

Six months ago, foreign policy experts were dancing on the grave of the Bush Doctrine. Since then we've seen successful elections in Afghanistan, Ukraine, the Palestinian Authority, and Iraq, a renewal of the Mideast peace process--and, of course, the reelection of George W. Bush over his neorealist rival.

The Bush Doctrine would seem to be alive and well...." weeklystandard

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