Leaders in Conflict: Bush and Rumsfeld in Iraq

Leaders in Conflict: Bush and Rumsfeld in Iraq

by Stephen Dyson


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Beneath the violence of the US war in Iraq was a subterranean conflict between President Bush and Secretary of Defense Rumsfeld, rooted in their different beliefs and leadership styles. Bush was prepared to pay a high cost in American lives, treasure, and prestige to win. Rumsfeld favoured turning the war over to the Iraqis, and was comfortable with the risk that Iraq would disintegrate into chaos. Only after Bush removed Rumsfeld in late 2006 did he bring US strategy into line with his goals, sending additional troops to Iraq and committing to continued US involvement.

In Leaders in conflict, Stephen Benedict Dyson shows that Bush and Rumsfeld thought about international politics, and about leadership, in divergent ways, and demonstrates the impact these differences had on the course of the war. The book is based upon more than two dozen interviews with administration insiders, and will appeal to those interested in the US presidency, US foreign policy, leadership and wartime decision making.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780719091704
Publisher: Manchester University Press
Publication date: 04/24/2014
Pages: 160
Product dimensions: 6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x (d)

About the Author

Stephen Benedict Dyson is Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Connecticut

Table of Contents

1. Leaders in conflict
2. Leaders and international relations
3. The emergence of the Bush doctrine
4. Rumsfeld and the invasion plan
5. The governance plan
6. Coalition provisional authority
7. Rumsfeld’s exit strategy
8. Bush takes charge
9. Leadership and the Iraq war: lessons learned
Appendix: Measuring the worldviews of Bush Rumsfeld using quantitative content analysis

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