Outside Analysis

The Bush Foreign Policy Team’s Shared Vision

Here is an extensive analysis piece that first appeared in the Washington Post on September 30, 2001. It is by James Mann, former diplomatic correspondent for the Los Angeles Times, and senior writer-in-residence at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. It traces the development of the foreign policy philosophies of most of the top members of the Bush foreign policy team, from the 1970’s until September 2001. At the end, he talks about how Bush will need to overcome divisions in his team in order to “collaborate on behalf of a common worldview — the vision of a powerful America that all the key players have shared and pursued for the past quarter-century.” Even as this article was published, those divisions were already being “overcome”, in the form of PNAC members challenging Colin Powell’s less-hawkish approach. It’s clear now which “camp” prevailed in that contest for influence.

This article has a lot of information detailing the ascendancy of Donald Rumsfeld, Dick Cheney, and Paul Wolfowitz, and Richard Armitage, all affiliated with the PNAC. It’s a 4-page .PDF file.

The Bush Team Shares a Vision But Not How To Reach It
The Washington Post
September 30, 2001
By James Mann

Suddenly, the Bush administration’s foreign policy team occupies center stage in Washington. After eight months of focus on domestic issues such as the tax cut, the nation will now be watching anxiously to see if the administration can deal with the rest of the world in a way that will prevent further attacks on American soil. Luckily, Bush’s foreign policy advisers have a remarkable record of experience to draw upon. They’re going to need it.

For the men and women at the highest levels of Bush’s foreign policy apparatus, America’s new war against terrorism is the culmination of a long journey. The members of Bush’s inner circle — Vice President Dick Cheney, Secretary of State Colin Powell, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, national security adviser Condoleezza Rice, Deputy Defense Secretary Paul Wolfowitz and Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage– share a decades-long intellectual history. They worked alongside one another in the Ford, Reagan and first Bush administrations. They have battled with America’s enemies, and also, on occasion, skirmished with one another.

The Sept. 11 attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon will test, as never before, the strength of the ideas for which this team’s members have all worked — the notions that the United States should remain militarily strong and globally deployed, that it can count on its allies, that it should protect its interests in the Middle East, and that, above all, American power is not beginning to decline. Taken together, the current Bush team represents the generation that believes in unrivaled American power — an America so strong that it has no need to reach accommodations with anyone, neither the Soviet Union or China in the Cold War period, nor Russia or China today.

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