Americans should not embrace the ‘Bush Doctrine’ |

Americans should not embrace the ‘Bush Doctrine’

Having read President Bush’s “The National Security Strategy of the United States” (already known as the “Bush Doctrine”), which was unveiled on Sept. 20, I’m afraid it’s time for the U.S. government to change the name of the Defense Department to the Offense Department!

Unilateral, pre-emptive warfare against sovereign nations seems to be the way we will deal with those who conduct themselves in a manner we have decided is wrong. The attributes of rogue nations as listed in the document could in part be assigned to a large number of nations in the world. Selective enforcement would be hypocritical; comprehensive enforcement would be catastrophic.

Whatever happened to containment, diplomacy and setting an example for other countries to emulate? Following our lead, India could attack Pakistan, China could attack Taiwan, and the Arab countries could attack Israel – all using the same rationale. The list could go on and on. Is this a strategy that the American people will embrace? I hope not.

Tom Rosenau


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