Get Foreign Policy Back On Course
By Warren Christopher
Thursday, November 27, 2003; Page
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... Under normal circumstances, a change of party controlling the White House does not produce a
turnabout in the nation's foreign policy. While new administrations may make minor course corrections, especially on specific
issues raised in the campaign, they typically discover that they agree more than disagree with their predecessors' foreign
policy goals and approaches.
In the case of the current administration, however, fundamental departures from existing foreign policy have been
the norm from the outset. President Bush took office with no perceptible mandate for radical change in foreign policy. Yet,
immediately upon assuming the presidential mantle, he set about reversing nearly every major foreign policy initiative that
carried the Clinton imprint. ...
In sum, the United States launched a preemptive war without convincing evidence that Iraq constituted an imminent
threat to our nation and without any effective plan for dealing with the aftermath of a military victory. ...
The writer was secretary of state from 1993 to 1997. He is co-chairman of the Pacific Council on International Policy.
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