Finding the Forest Among the Trees: The Bush Administration's National Security Policy Successes
Lost in the shadow of attention devoted to the difficulties of securing the peace in Iraq are the Bush Administration's national security policy accomplishments, including winning the war itself. The Administration has scored major successes in the global war on terror; revitalized the NATO alliance; created new "coalitions of the willing" to tackle common security problems; challenged attempts to eviscerate U.S. freedom of action through international quasi-judicial means; solidified positive relationships with former Cold War adversaries; developed a new strategic relationship with Russia; negotiated a landmark arms control treaty with Moscow; reinvigorated our deterrence strategy; withdrew from the ABM Treaty; and decided to deploy missile defenses to protect all Americans. These actions represent a forest full of successes. Unfortunately, critics of the Administration's policies cannot see the forest for the trees.
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Document Type: Research Article
Affiliations: National Security Research, Inc., Arlington, Virginia, USA
Publication date: January 1, 2004