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Imperial Designs: Neoconservatism and the New Pax Americana by Gary Dorrien

By Gary Dorrien

This paintings argues that the impact of neoconservatives has been none too small and all too vital within the shaping of this huge doctrine and old second in American overseas coverage. via a desirable account of the crucial figures within the neoconservative move and their push for struggle with Iraq, he finds the imperial designs that experience guided them of their quest for the institution of an international Pax Americana.

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He emphasized that Gorbachev still supported the Najibullah regime in Afghanistan, the Sandinista government in Nicaragua (through Cuba), and the Communist government of North Korea. 28 Thus, when Cheney first asked Wolfowitz to draft a policy statement for a new strategic situation, neither of them believed that the United States was actually in one. Both had to suspend their beliefs about the existing situation to imagine a post-Cold War world. Formally, the document that Wolfowitz and his team composed was part of the Pentagon’s routine budgetary process.

He reasoned that the United States needed to plan for a very different future. 6 His idea was to move from a threat-based, Cold War force to a leaner, more flexible, threat-and capability-based force. America’s military system was designed to fight a major war in Europe on short notice against the Soviet Union, but now it needed to concentrate on projecting a “forward presence” in unexpected places. It had to focus on regional trouble spots and be ready to project military force anywhere in the world.

Burnham had an old-fashioned idea of imperialism as outright domination, while many neocons had an idealistic faith in the universal power of American democracy that he found very strange. ”37 Thus, the neocons did not cite Burnham when they held forth on the cowardice of war resisters, the nature and threat of communism, the competitive advantages of totalitarian rule, the foundations of American Greatness, or the politics of the New Class, but the echoes were very strong. And when the Cold War was over, they renewed the language of empire.

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