Wolfowitz Doctrine

22 Jun

Wolfowitz Doctrine
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Paul Wolfowitz, co-author of the doctrine.
Wolfowitz Doctrine is an unofficial name given to the initial version of the Defense Planning Guidance for the 1994–99 fiscal years (dated February 18, 1992) authored by Under Secretary of Defense for Policy Paul Wolfowitz and his deputy Scooter Libby. Not intended for public release, it was leaked to the New York Times on March 7, 1992,[1] and sparked a public controversy about U.S. foreign and defense policy. The document was widely criticized as imperialist as the document outlined a policy of unilateralism and pre-emptive military action to suppress potential threats from other nations and prevent any other nation from rising to superpower status.
Such was the outcry that the document was hastily re-written under the close supervision of U.S. Secretary of Defense Dick Cheney and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Colin Powell before being officially released on April 16, 1992. Many of its tenets re-emerged in the Bush Doctrine,[2] which was described by Senator Edward M. Kennedy as “a call for 21st century American imperialism that no other nation can or should accept.”
Although Wolfowitz was ultimately responsible for the Defense Planning Guidance, as it was released through his office and was reflective of his overall outlook, he did not participate in its drafting, nor saw it before it was publicly released.[4] The task of preparing the document fell to Libby, who delegated the process of writing the new strategy to Zalmay Khalizad, a member of Libby’s staff and longtime aide to Wolfowitz. In the initial phase of drafting the document, Khalizad solicited the opinions of a wide cross-section of Pentagon insiders and outsiders, including Andrew Marshall, Richard Perle, and Wolfowitz’s University of Chicago mentor, the nuclear strategist Albert Wohlstetter.[5] Completing the draft in March of 1992, Khalizad requested permission from Libby to circulate it to other officials within the Pentagon. Libby assented and within three days Khalizad’s draft was released to the New York Times by “an official who believ[ed] this post-cold war strategy debate should be carried out in the public domain.”

There is more on Superpower status, U.S. primacy, Unilateralism, Pre-emptive intervention, Russian threat, Middle East and Southwest Asia:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wolfowitz_Doctrine

Here is what it says on Russian threat:
The doctrine highlighted the possible threat posed by a resurgent Russia.
We continue to recognize that collectively the conventional forces of the states formerly comprising the Soviet Union retain the most military potential in all of Eurasia; and we do not dismiss the risks to stability in Europe from a nationalist backlash in Russia or efforts to reincorporate into Russia the newly independent republics of Ukraine, Belarus, and possibly others….We must, however, be mindful that democratic change in Russia is not irreversible, and that despite its current travails, Russia will remain the strongest military power in Eurasia and the only power in the world with the capability of destroying the United States.
This was removed from the April 16 release in favour of a more diplomatic approach.
The U.S. has a significant stake in promoting democratic consolidation and peaceful relations between Russia, Ukraine and the other republics of the former Soviet Union.

4 Responses to “Wolfowitz Doctrine”

  1. auntyuta June 22, 2015 at 8:24 am #

    Maybe you’d be interested to read this article by Paul Craig Roberts:

    https://wolfessblog.wordpress.com/2015/06/22/unipolarity-is-idiocy/

  2. giselzitrone June 22, 2015 at 8:20 pm #

    Wünsche eine gute Woche guter Beitrag liebe Ute bin Morgen im Krankenhaus bis näste Woche bleib Gesund liebe Grüße und Umarmung Gislinde

    • auntyuta June 22, 2015 at 8:39 pm #

      Sicherlich wirst du froh sein, liebe Gislinde, wenn du nicht mehr andauernd zum Krankrenhaus gehen musst. Es ist aber gut, dass du so eine gute Behandlung bekommst, nicht wahr? Also dann bis nächste Woche. Alles Gute! Best wishes from Australia, Hugs from Uta 🙂

  3. stuartbramhall June 23, 2015 at 12:54 pm #

    I can’t see how any of this “defense” policy benefits ordinary Americans. The chief beneficiaries (then and now) of American foreign policy are the arms merchants promoting continual war.

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