Paradise and Power: Robert Kagan Book Review

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Nobelprize.org). Pinter went on:

"The crimes of the U.S. have been systematic, constant, vicious, remorseless -- not to mention very effective. You have to hand it to America," Pinter explained, "It has exercised a quite clinical manipulation of power worldwide while masquerading as a force for universal good" (Pinter, 2005). He added, cryptically, "It's a brilliant, even witty, highly successful act of hypnosis."

Conclusion

The timing of his book (2003) prevents Kagan from realizing that his narrative on page 88 is incorrect. "There is little cause to believe that the United States will…begin to conduct itself in the world in a fundamentally different manner" than Bush did. Indeed, President Obama has already charted a more democratic course and has reached out to some of the cultures (namely Islam) that Bush relentlessly and ruthlessly attacked with words and bullets. I would enjoy seeing an updated version of Kagan's book, and see if he recognized the huge shift in attitude the new Obama White House has taken towards Europe and the rest of the world.

Works Cited

Delahunty, Robert J., and Yoo, John. 2009. The Bush doctrine: Can Preventative War

be Justified? Harvard Journal of Law & Public Policy, 32 (3), 843-855.

Dunn, David Hastings. 2006. A Doctrine Worthy of the Name?: George W. Bush and The Limits

of Pre-Emption, Pre-Eminence, and Unilateralism. Diplomacy and Statecraft, Vol. 17,

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Kagan, Robert. 2003. Of Paradise and Power: America and Europe in the New World Order.

New York: Alfred A. Knopf.

Pinter, Harold. 2005. Art, Truth, and Politics. Nobel Prize Presentation. Retrieved April 11, 2010

From http://www.nobelprize.org.

Ross, Benjamin. 2005. George Bush's Philosophers. Dissent. 52 (3), 96-99.

Sarotte, Mary Elise. 2008. The Worst Allies, Except for All the Others: U.S.-European Relations…

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Works Cited

Delahunty, Robert J., and Yoo, John. 2009. The Bush doctrine: Can Preventative War

be Justified? Harvard Journal of Law & Public Policy, 32 (3), 843-855.

Dunn, David Hastings. 2006. A Doctrine Worthy of the Name?: George W. Bush and The Limits

of Pre-Emption, Pre-Eminence, and Unilateralism. Diplomacy and Statecraft, Vol. 17,

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