The Bush administration has been dealing with threats from abroad unprecedented in United States history. But tonight's guest says that as the U.S. fights its first war of the 21st century, its leaders remain influenced by ideologies dating back to the 18th century. Author and foreign policy expert Walter Russell Mead says the politics of four American leaders — Alexander Hamilton, Andrew Jackson, Thomas Jefferson, and Woodrow Wilson — are having a profound impact on how the Bush Administration is fighting the War on Terror. This hour, Mead looks to history to explain why the U.S. continues to be so successful on the world stage.
Walter Russell Mead, Senior Fellow with the U.S. Council on Foreign Relations
author of "Special Providence: American Foreign Policy and How it Changed the World"
This program aired on December 6, 2001.