The Rooseveltian Tradition: Theodore Roosevelt, Woodrow Wilson, and George W. Bush
Authors: Thomas Bruscino
Abstract: One of the great fallacies of the post September 11 world is that after that fateful day President George W. Bush reinvented himself as the Woodrow Wilson of the Republican Party. Where he had once mocked the Democratic Party’s Wilsonian liberal internationalism, he now became the Wilsonian-in-Chief, and the United States subsequently found itself intervening in places like Afghanistan and Iraq. The truth is that the Bush Administration’s foreign policy after September 11 became much more akin to one of Wilson's predecessors: Theodore Roosevelt. This paper will explore the Rooseveltian and Wilsonian traditions, discuss George W. Bush’s relationship to both, and explain how the oversimplification of such traditions can lead to a poverty of options in American foreign policy.