Friday, 17 June 2011
Robert Gates speaking at the Annapolis naval academy in 2010. Photo: DoD/Cherie Cullen
A decade ago George W Bush and the neo-cons took advantage of 9/11 and combined pseudo-democratic demagogy with a thirst for revenge to launch American foreign policy on the road of brute military force. But after the disasters in Iraq and Afghanistan and in the wake of the deepest slump since the 1930s, the mood has changed.
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