ISBN 9788130908021,Superpower on Crusade: The Bush Doctrine in US Foreign Policy

Superpower on Crusade: The Bush Doctrine in US Foreign Policy



Lynne Rienner Publishers, Inc.

Publication Year 2008

ISBN 9788130908021

ISBN-10 8130908026


Number of Pages 278 Pages
Language (English)


Superpower on Crusade offers a critical exploration of the origins and implementation of the Bush Doctrine.

Gurtov first traces the sources of US missionary and expansionist tendencies and highlights their particular manifestations in the Bush administration. Then turning to the war on Iraq, he focuses on real vs. stated objectives, the Pentagon's pre-eminence in shaping security policy, and the roles of Congress, the UN, and US allies. Subsequent chapters examine US policy with regard to such issues as nuclear proliferation, international law, development assistance, the environment, and human rights.

Assessing the costs of the Bush Doctrine at home and abroad, Superpower on Crusade presents a concise critique of US foreign policy intended to stimulate debate in the classroom, as well as among scholars.

About the Author
Mel Gurtov is professor of political science and international studies at Portland State University.

Table of Contents
From the War on Communism to the War on Terror.
The Bush Doctrine
False Pretenses: The War on Iraq
Fallout: The Perils and Profits of Empire
Rogue and Clients: The Long Arm of Unilateralism
The United States as Global Citizen
Crusading: Costs and Alternatives.