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According to Hutchinson and Wells (2001) George W. Bush has made scores of promises in 16 months as a presidential candidate. Now he has four years to deliver. He wants to overhaul Social Security, reform Medicare and provide $1.3 billion in tax cuts. Of course the political landscape has changed in ways that no one would have predicted when Bush made his first campaign swing in June 1999. The president lost the popular vote to rival Al Gore and captured the White House only after a bitter five-week legal battle. With no clear mandate from the voters, Bush will have to push his agenda through a Congress that is almost equally split between the two major parties. If the recent past has a hindrance, the future is equally uncertain. The Middle East is in turmoil, energy prices are up and the economy shows signs of softening.

In the following paper I will discuss Bush's defense policy that him and his Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld have come up with.

Some of the initiatives which President Bush will attempt to push through Congress are prohibiting the use US troops under UN command, Paying UN dues in return for reforms and reduction of US share of the costs, increase military pay by $1 billion a year, also to reduce the number of American nuclear weapons. The policy I will be putting under scrutiny will be his policy on developing and initiating a National Missile Defense shield for the US and its allies. According to Spencer and Dougherty (2000) America is legally bound to defend its citizens from missile attack by mounting a NMD system "˜as soon as technologically possible.' This clear mandate became law when Bill Clinton signed the National Missile Defense Act on July 22, 1999, Dramatically and permanently changing the...