By Tom Barry, Salih Booker, Laura Carlsen, Marie Dennis, and John Gershman

What in the world are we doing? Seldom, if ever, has U.S. foreign policy been as confusing or as divisive as it is today. The occupation of Iraq, the deepening trade deficit, saber-rattling abroad, and disdain for international cooperation have left the American public uncertain about what exactly the U.S. government is doing overseas, and why.

The George W. Bush administration has reoriented the nation’s foreign policy through its doctrine of preventive war and its ideological mission to export “freedom.” Rather than building broad consensus after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, the administration has polarized the citizenry.

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