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Obsessed with Iraq, Bush demonstrates classic imperial overextension

<![CDATA[The FInancial Times weighs in on the issue of American focus….

Samuel Huntington has called it the Lippmann Gap, echoing the American journalist Walter Lippmann in 1943: “Foreign policy consists in bringing into balance, with a comfortable surplus of power in reserve, the nation’s commitments and the nation’s power.” The historian Paul Kennedy has another name for it: “Imperial overextension”. Whatever you call this dangerous disease, the symptoms are clear in the US.
In early 2001, shortly after President George W.?Bush was inaugurated and before 9/11, the Federal Emergency Management Agency warned of the three most devastating disasters that could strike the US: a terrorist attack on New York City, a hurricane flooding New Orleans and a San Francisco earthquake. The Bush administration was focused on its priority: Iraq.

The issue is not who is to blame, but a.) what is the country paying attention to, b.) to whose interests it caters, and c.) the consequences for foreign and domestic policy of the decisions made based on the priorities described by A and B.]]>