Bush Doctrine Law and Legal Definition

Bush doctrine is a term used to describe a number of ideas related to United States foreign policy. Originally it referred to the policy announced by President George W. Bush after the September 11, 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, to the effect that those nations harboring terrorists will be treated as terrorists themselves and may be subject to a first-strike strategy. This was later codified in a document entitled National Security Strategy of the United States.

Now the doctrine has expanded and includes other implicit rights the United States had in the global arena, including the extremely controversial right to declare preemptive war.