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The Imprudence of Isolationism

Robert G. Kaufman

in In Defense of the Bush Doctrine

Published by University Press of Kentucky

Published in print May 2007 | ISBN: 9780813124346
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813134987 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5810/kentucky/9780813124346.003.0002
The Imprudence of Isolationism

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This chapter identifies several flaws in the arguments of Patrick Buchanan and others in favor of isolationism over the moral democratic realism espoused by the Bush Doctrine as the country's strategy in the fight against terror. Over the years, American foreign policy necessarily drifted away from its isolationist stance in international conflicts, particularly during its formative years in the early nineteenth century, toward one that had the US more actively involved in keeping the balance of power during World Wars I and II and during the Cold War with the Soviet Union. Today's geopolitical environment dictates that the US embrace its role as the world's only remaining superpower, given the continuing unrest in the Middle East and notwithstanding China's emergence as an economic powerhouse.

Keywords: Bush Doctrine; American foreign policy; isolationism; democratic peace; balance of power; geopolitics; French Revolution; World War I; World War II; Cold War

Chapter.  6350 words. 

Subjects: US Politics

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