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Us versus Them"The United States, Radical Islam, and the Rise of the Green Threat"$
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Douglas Little

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781469626802

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: September 2016

DOI: 10.5149/northcarolina/9781469626802.001.0001

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Containment on Steroids?

Containment on Steroids?

George W. Bush and Rogue State Rollback

(p.129) Chapter Four Containment on Steroids?
Us versus Them

Douglas Little

University of North Carolina Press

George W. Bush regarded economic globalization and democratic enlargement as insufficient to contain Iraq, Iran, and other “rogue states.” As a result, he stocked his administration with hard-line Cold Warriors whose strategy for handling regional troublemakers like Saddam Hussein came straight out of Eisenhower’s America—rollback. When Al-Qaeda terrorists attacked the U.S. homeland on 11 September 2001, the Bush administration unleashed a “global war on terror,” expanding the Cold War national security state and embracing preventive war as the surest guarantees against a second 9/11. In the process, the new “green threat” of radical Islam replaced the old “red threat” of international communism. The initial testing ground for the Bush Doctrine was Iraq, where an American blitzkrieg rapidly morphed into a brutal low-intensity war against insurgents which blackened America’s reputation and strengthened the hand of Muslim extremists. Although Bush #43 made exporting “freedom” a key goal during his second term, by early 2009 rogue state rollback had backfired in the Middle East.

Keywords:   George W. Bush, 9/11 Attacks, Al-Qaeda, Osama Bin Laden, Saddam Hussein, Iraq

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