RUSI NewsbriefVOLUME 27ISSUE 1members only

Post-Election Vertigo – Quo Vadis America?


Although Bush recently described Bob Gates – his new Secretary of Defense – as an ‘agent of change’, Gates’s track record on military affairs and innovation is not strong. So it is difficult to see from where the change regarding Iraq will come.

The situation in Iraq is grave and deteriorating, according to the Iraq Study Group led by James Baker and Lee Hamilton. It is, perhaps, reassuring that such a collection of Washington notables reached the same conclusion as the majority of the US electorate, but it gives one little indication where Washington is headed on Iraq and the seemingly intractable problems of the Middle East. Furthermore, although Mr Bush recently described Bob Gates – his new Secretary of Defense –

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