Globalisation


The United States has become a “rogue state”. Discuss in the light of the Bush administration’s national security concept and the war in Iraq.


European Politics


The United States has become a “rogue state”. Discuss in the light of the Bush administration’s national security concept and the war in Iraq.


Some of the factors that perhaps indicate the complexity of the reasons behind the recent attacks on the US, which soon triggered off a stem of arguably unorthodox retaliations by the US, conceivably shed light on the idea that it is a rogue state. The steps the US has taken towards increasing its wealth and prosperity throughout the world have been somewhat varied. It has created a massive global market upon which many countries are benefiting and prospering, just like the US itself. Since World War II, the world has become a safer place with less military conflict, with the US being one of the more powerful catalysts in rendering this possible. Freedom is one of the greater benefits one can enjoy in the US and many countries are envious of its “perfect” democracy, the US influences all to follow in its footsteps. On the other hand, through creating this massive economy, other countries are suffering and being exploited, because of this they are finding it near impossible to break out of their downward spiral. Through also trying to make the world more peaceful, the US is creating a lot of hostility through their intervention into potentially threatening situations towards their safe and peaceful country under the mask that it is for the greater good of all. Although the US enjoys a wonderful and free democracy, there are many countries in the world who are worse off; they are living under tyrannical dictators, with the US funding and training many of these dictators for their own benefits. Many countries are experiencing extreme poverty amongst the majority of their population due to these undertakings. However, whether the US has recently become a rogue state or has been for quite some time needs to be investigated. The use of the term “rogue state” needs to be discussed and examined to ensure that no misunderstandings are made over how the US and its rivals are labelled and represented. An understanding of the Bush administration’s national security policy is needed so that we can identify whether or not the US is a rogue state in its actions and ideals. The question must also be posed, is it a case of multilateralism vs. unilateralism? Is globalisation the cause of this problem in the first place? A thorough analysis is therefore needed to reach a conclusion on whether the US is actually a rogue state. Firstly, before going into the argument, the term “rogue state” must be defined. The word “Rogue in the oxford dictionary means dishonest or unprincipled person, another of the meanings in the dictionary for “rogue” is having a savage temper and living apart from the herd. The term rogue state, however, could have two uses. The first being a propaganda rhetoric denouncing the behaviour of states with which we don’t agree. The second being a literal definition that applies to states that have chosen not to consider themselves as constrained by international norms. The White House clearly outlined what may be determined as a rogue state, in their outline, they said that these states: brutalize their own people and squander their national resources for the personal gain of the rulers; display no regard for international law, threaten their neighbours, and callously violate international treaties to which they are party; are determined to acquire weapons of mass destruction, along with other advanced military technology, to be used as threats or offensively to achieve the aggressive designs of these regimes; sponsor terrorism around the globe; and reject basic human values and hate the United States and everything for which it stands.[1]


We shall begin primarily by looking into the reasons why the US has been regarded as a rogue state, especially in light of the Bush administration. The first idea we need to look at is Bush’s recent vow on a pre-emptive strike. President Bush said in June 2002 in a speech to the American people for them “to be ready for pre-emptive action,