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Bush plans U.S. dominance
Bush plans U.S. dominance
By Joe Baker, Senior Editor
The Bush administration has spelled out its plans for enforcing global domination, according to an Australian report published in The New York Times.
President Bush, in a 33-page document titled The National Security Strategy of the United States, says the U.S. never will permit its military power to be challenged as it was during the Cold War.
The document states: … the president has no intention of allowing any foreign power to catch up with the huge lead the United States has opened since the fall of the Soviet Union more than a decade ago.
It states that the policies of containment and deterrence, largely favored by Democratic administrations, are nearly dead. They have been used since the 1940s with some success. Bushs document says: America is now threatened less by conquering states than we are by failing ones.
On that basis the president favors striking first against hostile states, terrorists and those developing weapons of mass destruction.
Bush also denies that the U.S. will use its military strength for unilateral advantage. The plan terms this proposed approach a distinctly American internationalism.
The president and his national security advisor, Condoleeza Rice, put the finishing touches on the strategy at a recent meeting at Camp David.
Much of the plan treats of how public diplomacy, foreign aid and changes in the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank can be used to win what the document calls a battle of competing ideas and values, including a fight for the future of the Muslim world.
The plan says foreign aid will be upped by 50 percent in the next few years in countries where governments rule justly, invest in their people, and encourage economic freedom.
A senior White House official reported the president had heavily edited the document because he thought there were sections where we sounded overbearing or arrogant.
The aggressive tone of the plan is clear, however. It says: Our forces will be strong enough to dissuade potential adversaries from pursuing a military buildup in hopes of surpassing, or equalling, the power of the United States.
It appears aimed, at least in part, at China. The plan mentions the non-proliferation pacts that have not kept countries like Iran, North Korea and others from getting weapons of mass destruction.
The document also says the U.S. will never permit the new International Criminal Court to have any jurisdiction over American citizens.