Paul Wolfowitz and the promise of American power, 1969– 2001
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Paul Dundes Wolfowitz is best known for his hawkish service to the George W. Bush administration, when he pushed strongly for the invasion and occupation of Iraq. But this was merely the most recent chapter in a long foreign policy career that began in 1969, and that included service to the Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford, Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan and George H. W. Bush administrations. This chapter characterises this period as one in which Wolfowitz's worldview departed the fringe and settled in the mainstream. While serving the Carter, Reagan and George H. W. Bush administrations, Wolfowitz helped to catalyse policy shifts and formulated guidance documents that influenced later presidencies. Noam Chomsky and Paul Wolfowitz share many common traits; among other things, they both overstate America's actual or prospective ability to shape the world. The Second Iraq War emphasised the limits of American power rather than the potentialities.

American foreign policy

Studies in intellectual history

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