Essay: Two Centuries of New World Orders

Two Centuries of New World Orders

President George Bush calls it "a responsibility imposed by our successes" in the cold war. Columnist Pete Hamill calls it the new world odor. Fleeing Kurds, burying their dead in mountain tent cities, call it misery.

Welcome to the new world order.

If huddled refugees have become the emblem of his foreign policy, Bush has only himself to blame for giving it a sonorous title with the word new in it. The principles -- and the problems -- of the new world order have a long history in American foreign policy -- or better, foreign policies, since America has traditionally pursued...

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