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In Uncertain TimesAmerican Foreign Policy after the Berlin Wall and 9/11$
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Melvyn P. Leffler and Jeffrey W. Legro

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780801449093

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: August 2016

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9780801449093.001.0001

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U.S. Strategic Planning in 2001–02

U.S. Strategic Planning in 2001–02

(p.96) 6 U.S. Strategic Planning in 2001–02
In Uncertain Times

Philip Zelikow

Cornell University Press

This chapter examines U.S. strategic planning from 2001 to 2002 under the Bush administration. It first considers George W. Bush's foreign policy agenda before and after 9/11, along with the roles played by Colin Powell and Condoleezza Rice. It then discusses Bush's global war on terror in response to 9/11 before assessing the four major “lines of action” that comprised his agenda that emerged in the winter of 2001–2002: intensification of counterterrorism work, an agenda for homeland security, an agenda to fight global poverty and disease, and an agenda on Iraq. It argues that Bush's strategic goals were radical and that his methods were experimental and unfamiliar. In particular, it describes the global war on terror as “predominantly reactive and defensive.” The chapter concludes with a discussion of the National Security Strategy document of 2002, suggesting that it was neither a powerful nor revealing guide to concrete policy choices.

Keywords:   strategic planning, George W. Bush, foreign policy, 9/11, Colin Powell, global war on terror, counterterrorism, homeland security, Iraq, National Security Strategy

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