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The world after Bush

The long 1990s are finally over, their utopian hopes beyond realisation. The neoconservative fantasy of US global hegemony is discredited, and the neoliberal dream of a UN-led world is also doomed

By Michael Lind   November 2006

On 20th January 2009, George W Bush, barring his death, resignation or impeachment, will be succeeded by the 44th US president. Whether Republican or Democrat, the next president will not only inherit a number of crises, but will be in a considerably weaker position to deal with them.

Much of America’s weakness will be the result of self-inflicted wounds: the unnecessary invasion of Iraq, along with the Bush administration’s gratuitous insults to allies, its arrogant unilateralism and its hostility to international law. But as tempting as it may be to put all of the blame on the Bush administration, the…

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