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Issue on International Political Economy

U.S. policy has indirectly and certainly inadvertently helped terrorists by sending aid to the Afghan resistance as a result of the Russian invasion of Afghanistan and then abandoning Afghanistan after the Soviets retreated in the late 1980s. LaFeber (p. 4) claims that imperialist undertakings such as America's support for Afghanis resisting the Soviets created an environment in which terrorism directed toward the United States was a logical development.

LaFeber (p. 5) also addresses one of the most hotly discussed issues found in the media today: whether the Clinton and George Bush administrations understood the potential dangers posed by Osama bin Laden and the Al Qaeda network. LaFeber (pp. 5-6) believes that a number of fatal foreign policy failures and diplomatic failures occurred during the Clinton administration and continued through the first months of the administration of George W. Bush. These "fatal" failures did not sufficiently halt fragmentation. In fact, almost in passing, LaFeber (p. 6) asserts that the real Clinton doctrine had more to do with the astonishing stock market gains of the 1990s than with U.S. military intervention in such areas as Bosnia and Kosovo in order to halt fragmentation.

LaFeber (p. 7) moves on to an analysis of how the forces of anti-globalization failed to make much of an impact on the political economy or the foreign policy initiatives of the sole remaining superpower prior to September 11th. Drawing heavily upon early comments on America offered by Alexis de Tocqueville, LaFeber (p. 8) introduces the economic theories of John Meynard Keynes into his analysis of fragmentation and privatization. He comments extensively upon the post-September 11th actions of George W. Bush and makes a strong case that Bush centralized power in the White House and thereby made what amounts to a political end run around Congress.

LaFeber ranges far and wide in his analysis of changes that h...

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