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Jean-Francois Drolet and James Dunkerley

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781526116505

Published to University Press Scholarship Online: January 2018

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9781526116505.001.0001

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Paul Wolfowitz and the promise of American power, 1969–2001

Paul Wolfowitz and the promise of American power, 1969–2001

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(p.159) 7 Paul Wolfowitz and the promise of American power, 1969–2001
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American Foreign Policy
Author(s):

David Milne

Publisher:
Manchester University Press
DOI:10.7228/manchester/9781526116505.003.0008

The study of foreign policy and international relations often takes ideas as rigid and fully formed, being assigned to individuals and categories of school without much attention to the processes by which they change calibre and gain or lose traction. David Milne’s politico-intellectual biography of Paul Wolfowitz from 1969 until he took up service in the administration of George W. Bush focuses precisely on the vagaries as well as the consistencies in the evolution of his thought. Many of the shifts and deepening convictions derived, of course, form the experience of observing and implementing US policy in the latter stages of the Vietnam War and thereafter. Milne takes us through the phases of Wolfowitz’s political evolution up to the moment of 9/11, showing that the “War on Terror” cannot simply be attributed to the trauma of that event; there were many existing tributaries that played into the Bush doctrine, and these have not always been given the recognition they deserve.

Keywords:   Paul Wolfowitz, Vietnam, Iraq, War on Terror, George W. Bush

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