The Roots of the Washington Threat Consensus

  • Jacques E. C. Hymans

Abstract

In the months leading up to the Iraq war, many American foreign policy elites spoke out against the First Strike Doctrine that was declared in the September 2002 National Security Strategy of the United States of America (henceforth the Strategy). But overwhelmingly these elites—even political opponents of die Bush administration— did not criticize the threat assessment that underlies the doctrine. What I will call the “Washington threat consensus” a broad-based agreement about the nature of the contemporary threat environment—was not primarily the result of “obvious” external realities or of mean political calculation. Rather, it stemmed from the fact that the mainstream opposition—Democratic politicians, arms controllers, and even many progressive activists—had independently developed the same assessment as the Bush administration.1 Indeed, in many cases they had even got there first.

Keywords

Uranium Explosive Abate Toll Exter 

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