July 20, 2014

America's War for the Greater Middle East

Andrew Bacevich, Notre Dame Magazine

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Since 1980, back when President Jimmy Carter promulgated the Carter Doctrine, the United States has been engaged in what we should rightfully call America’s War for the Greater Middle East. The premise underlying that war can be simply stated: with disorder, dysfunction and disarray in the Islamic world posing a growing threat to vital U.S. national security interests, the adroit application of hard power would enable the United States to check those tendencies and thereby preserve the American way of life.

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TAGGED: Middle East, Iraq, U.S. Foreign Policy, United States

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