The Bush Manifesto
THE “NATIONAL Security Strategy of the Unit- ed States” is a document that usually passes unnoticed. Commenting on the most ambitious one produced during the eight years of Bill Clinton’s presidency, William Safire quipped that it “has been kept secret by the fiendishly clever device of making it public.” In truth, these reports, which are sup- posed to be issued annually, and in the name of the President, are always made public and almost always ignored. Some of them have been written in the third person, suggesting that not even the docu- ment’s putative author has read it.
About the Author
Joshua Muravchik, a resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute, is working on a book about Arab and Muslim democrats.