Iraq war has Bush Doctrine in tatters

San Francisco Chronicle
by Carolyn Lochhead

08/27/06

President Bush vowed last week that he would never abandon his goal of creating democracy in Iraq, but outside the White House, the foreign policy world is wondering how to contain a civil war that could engulf the Middle East. Even Bush acknowledged the debate. 'If you think it's bad now, imagine what Iraq would look like if the United States leaves before the government can defend itself,' he said Monday. Analysts across the political spectrum say the Bush Doctrine -- preventive war, choking the roots of terrorism by planting democracy, and brandishing power to force others into line -- has failed. Bush's lofty goals, shared even by his critics, have been set back, perhaps decades, by the Iraq occupation. Yet for all the criticism, neither the Democratic Party nor the foreign policy elite has devised an alternative for the post-Sept. 11 world, leaving U.S. foreign policy adrift...

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