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Bush’s Strategy, Assessed

Author: Walter Russell Mead, Henry A. Kissinger Senior Fellow for U.S. Foreign Policy
September 26, 2005
National Review


In both the National Security Strategy and, more dramatically, his second inaugural address, President Bush made the extension of freedom and democracy to other countries the linchpin of U.S. security. It is not mere rhetoric, as it has often been in the past, but considered by the president the practical mechanism by which America can best guarantee its long-term security in the world.

Enough has happened in both Afghanistan and Iraq over the past few years to take stock of this strategy — both its implementation thus far and its future prospects. We asked a symposium of conservative writers what they thought about the strategy: as a practical tool for underpinning our foreign and military policy, and as a conservative ideal.

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