National Security in the Second Bush Administration: The Eagle Resurgent

The unexpectedly wide margin by which George Bush was re-elected President of the United States has given him, in his words, the political capital to continue his radical domestic and foreign political agenda.

The World Today Published 1 December 2004 Updated 19 October 2020 6 minute READ

Christoph Bluth

It turned out that national security was not as central to the election as had been thought, many voters in mid-Western states stressed personal values and morality. 

But nevertheless, if the Bush administration stands for anything, it is for defending national security. After the unprecedented terrorist attacks of September 11 2001 and two wars, Bush describes himself as the ‘war president’. In terms of the international impact of the election, security will be the focus.

How well has the administration done in defending the United States against the major challenges to its national security? Is it more secure now than it was before the arrival of President George Bush? What can we expect from his second term?

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