Rescinding the Bush Doctrine

Boston Globe
by Andrew J. Bacevich

03/01/07

Rather than vainly sniping at President Bush over his management of the Iraq war, the Democratic-controlled Congress ought to focus on averting any recurrence of this misadventure. Decrying the so-called ’surge’ or curbing the president’s authority to conduct ongoing operations will contribute little to that end. … Long viewed as immoral, illicit, and imprudent, preventive war — attacking to keep an adversary from someday posing a danger — became the centerpiece of US national security strategy in the aftermath of 9/11. President Bush unveiled this new strategy in a speech at West Point in June 2002. ‘If we wait for threats to fully materialize,’ he said, ‘we will have waited too long.’… Although the Constitution endows the legislative branch with the sole authority to declare war, the president did not consult Congress before announcing his new policy. He promulgated the Bush Doctrine by fiat. Then he acted on it...

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