Ivo Daalder, senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, David Keene, chairman of the American Conservative Union, and Dana Milbank, White House reporter for the Washington Post, discuss what to expect in domestic and foreign policy under President Bush’s next four years.
In President Bush’s acceptance speech, he spoke of reaching out to Democrats, however, Bush has come out of the election feeling vindicated in his strategy over the past four years, and he will only reach out on his own terms. Bush believes in having political capital in order to spend it and he plans to be bold in early and bold on domestic reforms. The Bush Administration will almost certainly follow a similar course in Afghanistan, providing just enough support to keep an even keel but not enough to really move the country into a different phase. In Iraq, Bush will most likely attempt to go after insurgent strongholds, particularly in Falluja, in hopes that a decisive win there will disperse insurgents enough to allow for elections in January.
US military buildup so far is not part of a larger strategy, so it's not clear what the end game is for the US. That was the same ultimate goal for the administrations of George W. Bush, Obama, and now Trump. The Carl Vinson strike group cannot stay at the DPRK's [Democratic People's Republic of Korea] doorstep indefinitely.