Book Forum

Imperial America: The Bush Assault on the World Order

(Alfred A. Knopf, 2003)

Date and Time
November 13, 2003 12 - 1:30 PM EST
1st floor/Wintergarden
Featuring the author John Newhouse, Senior Fellow, Center for Defense Information; with comments by Christopher Preble, Director of Foreign Policy Studies, Cato Institute; Anatol Lieven, Senior Associate, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.

John Newhouse, who covered foreign policy for The New Yorker and served in two different administrations, argues that the Bush administration squandered a unique opportunity in the aftermath of 9/11, when a headline in Le Monde proclaimed, “We are all Americans.” Newhouse describes the ways in which America’s relationship with much of the world went wrong after the events of September 11, the moment when most nations were ready to accept U.S. leadership in a war against terrorism. He contends that the imperial path exemplified by the Iraq war being charted by the Bush administration will make the United States more vulnerable. Is America becoming an empire? And will empire make us safer?