Continuity and Crisis
The chapter challenges the claim that 9/11 represented a break or moment of rupture in American history, and discusses the uses to which this claim was put by neoconservatives and the Bush White House in their attempts to justify a broad-based reinvention of US foreign policy and national security strategy. Instead, the chapter depicts the pre-9/11 and post-9/11 worlds as broadly continuous, presenting 9/11 as one moment in a much wider, transnational Islamist insurgency which gathered momentum during the 1990s. The chapter introduces the idea—explored throughout the book—that the Bush Doctrine ushered in a period of ‘crisis’ in republican governance and international law.
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