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Power Line looks at John Lewis Gaddis’ review of the Bush Doctrine and the National Security Strategy. For those of you who have never heard of him, Professor Gaddis is the “preeminent American diplomatic historian,” according to Power Line:

Gaddis writes: “The Bush NSS…differs in several ways from its recent predecessors. First, it’s proactive. It rejects the Clinton administration’s assumption that since the movement toward democracy and market economics had become irreversible in the post-Cold War era, all the United States had to do was ‘engage’ with the rest of the world to ‘enlarge’ those processes. Second, its parts for the most part interconnect. There’s a coherence in the Bush strategy that the Clinton national security team–notable for its simultaneous cultivation and humiliation of Russia–never achieved. Third, Bush’s analysis of how hegemony works and what causes terrorism is in tune with serious academic thinking, despite the fact that many academics haven’t noticed this yet. Fourth, the Bush administration, unlike several of its predecessors, sees no contradiction between power and principles. It is, in this sense, thoroughly Wilsonian. Finally, the new strategy is candid. This administration speaks plainly, at times eloquently, with no attempt to be polite or diplomatic or ‘nuanced.’ What you hear and what you read is pretty much what you can expect to get.”

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