Bush responded to 9/11 according to traditional US foreign policy

October 4, 2011

The war on terror that former U.S. President George W. Bush declared following the 9/11 attacks has been criticised for being incompatible with American traditions. Yet a new doctoral thesis from the University of Gothenburg, Sweden, shows that his decisions, actions and ideas really did not differ much from previous U.S foreign policy.

'The is just one of many that have used these types of situations to expand the U.S. influence in the world,' says Frida Stranne, author of the thesis.

The war on terror, which started 10 years ago following the terrorist attacks on New York and Washington D.C., has been questioned on many grounds. President Bush and his political advisers have faced massive criticism. Bush's security doctrine on preventive warfare, repeated lies regarding the invasion of Iraq and the suspicion of a secret oil-related agenda have received particular attention.

As was elected President, many people were hoping for change in the U.S. However, their expectations were unrealistic, says Stranne, whose thesis concerns the driving forces behind U.S. foreign and from the emergence of the country in 1776 to the present. Rather than changing the course of the nation, it seems like Bush's approach was quite traditional.

'His notion of preventive warfare was new, but his use of 9/11 to strengthen the U.S. in the world is clearly just another example of a U.S. administration that has used a certain event for this purpose. The role of , ideologies, lies and exaggerated threats in U.S. is not by any means new,' says Stranne.

Stranne feels that narrow analyses of U.S. foreign policy that do not include an assessment of the past fail to recognise some very important aspects that restrict the president's ability to act and that keep leading the country into new conflicts.

'It is important for the rest of the world to understand the driving forces behind U.S. policy since they clearly affect the security of the world at large,' says Stranne.

Explore further: Governors with greater institutional and personal powers more active in foreign relations

More information: The thesis was successfully defended on 30 September 2011.

Related Stories

Study tests impact of terror warnings on presidential race

October 2, 2008

Presidential candidates who play up the threat of terrorism to bolster votes may want to rethink their game plan. New research from the University of California, Berkeley, indicates the war on terror has less impact on presidential ...

US executive branch drives foreign policy

November 6, 2008

A new study in the journal International Studies Perspectives examines U.S. foreign policy towards three Middle Eastern states and finds that the executive branch is often the driving force in foreign policy. Also, U.S. foreign ...

Recommended for you

Amateur paleontologist finds rare fossil of fish in Arizona

September 3, 2015

Growing up, Stephanie Leco often would dig in her backyard and imagine finding fossils of a tyrannosaurus rex. She was fascinated with the idea of holding something in her hand that was millions of years old and would give ...

X-rays reveal fossil secrets

September 3, 2015

A sophisticated imaging technique has allowed scientists to virtually peer inside a 10-million-year-old sea urchin, uncovering a treasure trove of hidden fossils.

Early human diet explains our eating habits

August 31, 2015

Much attention is being given to what people ate in the distant past as a guide to what we should eat today. Advocates of the claimed palaeodiet recommend that we should avoid carbohydrates and load our plates with red meat ...

2 comments

Adjust slider to filter visible comments by rank

Display comments: newest first

Sigh
not rated yet Oct 04, 2011
Nothing to say how those driving forces influence policy. I followed links at least to the point where I found a link to the thesis: http://gupea.ub.g...ocale=en It would have been nice to have a summary of the actual argument. Merely a description of the topic doesn't seem either very newsworthy or very persuasive.
COCO
not rated yet Oct 05, 2011
given that there remains a high probablity these attacks were a false flag op - I suspect that the real conclusion would be that the neocons continue to pull the strings on their puppets - the Prince of Peace Obama and Hillbilly Bush.

Please sign in to add a comment. Registration is free, and takes less than a minute. Read more

Click here to reset your password.
Sign in to get notified via email when new comments are made.