Bush’s 3rd Term

February 20, 2009 at 1:50 am (tWP) (, , , , , )

Richard Perle – labeled by many as the godfather of Neoconservatism – explains in this interview what many already sensed.

While it is fair to criticise George W. Bush and his administration for the universalist and trotskyist doctrines, to be fair one must also recognise that in its last years the Bush administration changed its ways somewhat and found in itself a more pragmatic approach that helped it deal more effectively with the challenges it faced.

It might perhaps be convenient to divide the Bush era into 3 “terms”: 2000-2001 (managerial/isolationist), 2001-2004(universalist/unilateral)  and 2004-2008(normalisationist).why_bush_fails_realpolitik_1011

The truth is that many of the mistakes made in the height of the Freedom Campaigns, were subsequently revised after 2004 and 2005: the approach to Iran being made with Europe, the dialogue with former Baathist cadres in Iraq, the demotion of several prominent Neoconservatives.

The choice of Robert Gates was also revealing since the new SecDef was a protégé of Brent Scowcroft’s.

Also curious in Perle’s interview was his view of the Liberal Interventionists‘ criticism…

In this other video, John Hulsman and Anatole Lieven criticise the Bush Doctrine, and explain the existance of a Neocon ideological current at work in the Bush White House.

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