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Challenges from Within

US as Sole Superpower

The new Bush administration's concerns over national security reflect a stance that remains mired in cold war thinking. But the US's as yet unbridled superpower status could suffer a setback not from challenges from without but from within - its own people and the ever-widening economic recession.

The new American foreign policy under the Bush administration has not yet been spelled out. However, its unravelling in the first few weeks indicates, on the one hand, the hidden hand of the military-industrial complex and on the other, a continuity in the post cold war milieu. President George W Bush announced he would await a thorough review of US defence performance and capability before making decisions. Secretary of State Colin Powell did say Iraq had not destroyed all weapons of mass destruction, but promised that US policy would be to act through the UN. Yet, the Anglo-American air raids near Baghdad on February 10, followed on February 19 by joint military exercises with Israel to test patriot missiles, struck the world as a bolt from the blue by an administration which had advocated a humble, but principled foreign policy approach.

Hidden Hands and Masked Gloves

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