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The Bush Doctrine is a series of concepts and policy ideas developed by the George W. Bush administration to address the threats of terrorism and nuclear weapons proliferation. This entry examines the development of the Bush Doctrine in response to the attacks of 9/11 and discusses al Qaeda as a new type of terrorist threat and the role of preemption in the Bush Doctrine.

President Bush’s Response to Terrorism

The term first came into broad usage after the September 11, 2001, attacks on the United States, when Bush declared that the United States would use force against both terrorists and the states that harbor them. This concept justified military action against the al Qaeda terrorist network and against the Taliban government in Afghanistan since it had permitted ...

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