Full Circle

Hal Brands

in From Berlin to Baghdad

Published by University Press of Kentucky

Published in print January 2008 | ISBN: 9780813124629
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813134925 | DOI:
Full Circle

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This chapter discusses the attempts of the next administration to handle U.S. policy and the unsettling precedent of the Clinton years. However, the Bush administration drew directly on the lessons of the 1990s in framing an expansive response to 9/11. George H. W. Bush took care to avoid his predecessor's error of failing to articulate a persuasive, overarching conception of the international role of the United States. The nation slowly returned to a foreign policy that was no less clear or straightforward than containment, and the Americans also subscribed to Bush's worldview.

Keywords: U.S. policy; Clinton years; Bush administration; response to 9/11; George H. W. Bush; international role; foreign policy; containment; worldview

Chapter.  14712 words. 

Subjects: US Politics

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