The Gulf: The Bush Presidencies and the Middle East

The Gulf: The Bush Presidencies and the Middle East

by Michael F. Cairo


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Presidents George H. W. Bush and George W. Bush both led the United States through watershed events in foreign relations: the end of the Cold War and the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. Many high-level cabinet members and advisers played important foreign policy roles in both administrations, most notably Dick Cheney, Colin Powell, and Condoleeza Rice. Both presidents perceived Saddam Hussein as a significant threat and took action against Iraq. But was the George W. Bush administration really just "Act II" of George H. W. Bush's administration?

In The Gulf, Michael F. Cairo reveals how, despite many similarities, father and son pursued very different international strategies. He explores how the personality, beliefs, and leadership style of each man influenced contemporary U.S. foreign policy. Contrasting the presidents' management of American wars in Iraq, approach to the Israeli-Palestinian peace process, and relationships with their Israeli counterparts, Cairo offers valuable insights into two leaders who left indelible marks on U.S. international relations. The result is a fresh analysis of the singular role the executive office plays in shaping foreign policy.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780813136721
Publisher: University Press of Kentucky
Publication date: 11/01/2012
Series: Studies in Conflict, Diplomacy, and Peace
Pages: 232
Product dimensions: 6.30(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Michael F. Cairo is associate professor of political science at Transylvania University.

Table of Contents

List of Maps x

Preface xi

Introduction 1

1 Formative Experiences 13

2 Beliefs and Style 27

3 Boots on the Ground 43

4 War and Its Aftermath 85

5 Searching for Peace 113

6 Comparing the Bush Presidencies 143

Acknowledgments 155

Notes 159

Selected Bibliography 187

Index 199

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