Obama doctrine: Both consistent with and different from Bush doctrine

20:27, May 28, 2010      

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U.S. President Barack Obama addresses a news conference at the end of the Nuclear Security Summit in Washington, April 13, 2010. (Xinhua/Reuters File Photo)
U.S. President Barack Obama on Thursday unveiled his first National Security Strategy since inauguration, notably downplaying the "pre-emption" doctrine advocated by his predecessor George W. Bush.

But does it mean a fundamental shift in the U.S. security strategy? Local analysts said Obama's security blueprint is as consistent with as it is different from Bush's.

"President Obama's new National Security Strategy is already being interpreted as a major break with his predecessor's approach. But for all of its rhetorical distancing, there is much more continuity -- with Bush and with the other presidencies in modern times -- than not," said Richard Fontaine, a senior fellow with the Center for a New American Security, a Washington D.C.-based research group.

Obama's security doctrine promises to "exhaust other options before war whenever we can, and carefully weigh the costs and risks of action against the costs and risks of inaction."

The new strategy says the United States will draw on diplomacy, development and international norms and institutions to help resolve disagreements, prevent conflict and maintain peace, mitigating wherever possible the need for the use of force.

These seem to represent a clear break with the unilateral military approach, also known as the pre-emptive strike policy, pursued by Bush through his eight-year presidency after the Sept. 11, 2001 terror attacks.


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