Bush Foreign Policy Has Been a Huge Disaster
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On Friday, the Atlanticâ€™s Matthew Yglesias sat down with ThinkProgress to discuss his new book, â€œHeads In The Sand: How the Republicans Screw Up Foreign Policy and Foreign Policy Screws Up the Democrats.â€ Among other topics, Yglesias shared his view on a liberal paradigm for the appropriate use of military force â€” suggesting that itâ€™s essential, first of all, â€œto have a recognition of what it is possible to achieve with military forceâ€ â€” and discussing how this view differs from the Bush administrationâ€™s reckless and radical doctrine of preventive war:
No president before George W. Bush ever suggested that American security required us to just go decapitate regimes on the theory that they might some day in the future acquire weapons that would be dangerous. Itâ€™s been a huge disaster.