3,586. 6/1/2002

“[I]n an address at West Point [on June 1, 2002], [President] Bush elaborated on themes he had in the past applied primarily to Iraq, spelling out what would henceforth be known as the Bush Doctrine. First, he said that the United States would no longer rely solely on ‘Cold-War doctrines of containment and deterrence.’ Instead, it would reserve the right to preempt threats, to ‘take the battle to the enemy, disrupt his plans, and confront the worst threats before they emerge.’ Second, the United States would actively promote its principles abroad, recognizing that ‘the requirements of freedom apply fully to Africa and Latin American [sic] and the entire Islamic world.’ Finally, the United States would do what was necessary to remain the world’s sole superpower, or as the president put it, ‘America has, and intends to keep, military strengths beyond challenge, thereby making the destabilizing arms races or other eras pointless, and limiting rivalries to trade and other pursuits of peace.’ ”

 – Lawrence F. Kaplan and William Kristol, The War Over Iraq, Pages 73-74

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