The Corner

John Lewis Gaddis On Bush

According to the Boston Globe, Gaddis apparently has a new book coming out called Surprise, Security and the American Experience that defends Bush’s foreign policy as a necessary readjustment to new circumstances in the world. He defends it as firmly in the American tradition, linking it to the strategy conceived by John Quincy Adams to secure weakly governed states around U.S. borders in the 19th century. Gaddis is not kind to Bill Clinton, who thought that “globalization and democratization were irreversible processes, therefore we didn’t need a grand strategy. Clinton said as much at one point. I think that was shallow. I think they were asleep at the switch.”

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