June 2, 2003
The American Conservative

America's Brezhnev Doctrine

by Pat Buchanan

In May '68, Moscow sent its tanks into Czechoslovakia to crush the "Prague Spring" and gave us "The Brezhnev Doctrine of Limited Sovereignty." To wit, once the Communist system has been imposed on a nation, said Moscow, there is no turning back.

A mirror image of the Brezhnev Doctrine is the American Doctrine. Once a nation has been "liberated," like Germany and Japan, a U.S.-style democracy will be imposed.


Pat Buchanan, Whose War?, The American Conservative, March 24, 2003

["Iraqi political leaders lashed out today at a plan by the top U.S. civilian administrator here to appoint an interim advisory council instead of convening a national conference to choose a transitional government, saying that U.S. officials had reneged on earlier assurances and that many Iraqis would regard the decision as unpalatable."--Rajiv Chandrasekaran, "Iraqis Assail U.S. Plans For Council," Washington Post, June 3, 2003]

Angelique Chrisafis and Imogen Tilden, "Pinter blasts 'Nazi America' and 'deluded idiot' Blair," Guardian, June 11, 2003

[. . . the present US policy is more unpopular than the policy of any other US government has ever been, and probably than that of any other great power has ever been. . . . Domestically, the real danger for a country that aims at world control is militarisation. Internationally, the danger is the destabilising of the world.--Eric Hobsbawm, America's imperial delusion, Guardian, June 14, 2003

Pat Buchanan, Is the Neoconservative Moment Over?, The American Conservative, June 16, 2003

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