Essay on Major Policy Elements Of The War On Terror

762 Words May 1st, 2016 4 Pages
There were many major policy elements of the war on terror in the wake of September 11, 2001. Before George W. Bush had become president, he was the governor of Texas. Bush promoted “compassionate conservatism” and tried to dissociate the anti-immigrant rhetoric of the 1990 's from the Republican Party. Bush quickly began implementing a conservative agenda after his narrow margin of victory. In 2001, Bush pressed Congress to pass the largest tax cut in U.S. history. Most of these tax cuts went to the wealthy, assuming that they would invest this money in productive activity. Bush also wanted to drill oil in a national wildlife refuge and harvest timber in national forests. However, Senator Jim Jeffords of Vermont abandoned his party and began to vote with the Democrats, this made it harder for Bush to win more legislative victories. Bush 's foreign policy emphasized the need to act free of international institutions and treaties. In office, Bush announced plans to create a national missile defense system which violated the ABM Treaty of 1972. He then rejected a treaty to establish an International Criminal Court to try human rights violators. Bush’s announcement that the U.S. would not abide by the Kyoto Protocol of 1997 was extremely controversial among the nation. The Kyoto Protocol sought to fight global warming, which scientists warned could have dangerous effects on the world’s climate. In the 1990 's, evidence of global warming was first discovered as glaciers and…

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