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The GulfThe Bush Presidencies and the Middle East$
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Michael F. Cairo

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780813136721

Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: January 2013

DOI: 10.5810/kentucky/9780813136721.001.0001

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War and Its Aftermath

War and Its Aftermath

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The Gulf

Michael F. Cairo

University Press of Kentucky

Continuing from the previous chapter, this chapter examines George H.W. Bush’s and George W. Bush’s decisions related to the course and conclusion of the Persian Gulf War and Operation Iraqi Freedom. It begins by focusing on George H.W. Bush’s decision to launch Operation Desert Storm. Discussing the challenges posed by possible Israeli retaliation and Soviet diplomacy, the chapter illustrates George H.W. Bush’s skilful use of diplomacy. Next, the chapter turns to Operation Iraqi Freedom and George W. Bush. Emphasizing the challenges posed by events in Iraq, the chapter demonstrates the “cowboy” liberal approach of George W. Bush. The chapter ends by comparing George H.W. Bush’s decision to stop short of Baghdad with George W. Bush’s decision to topple Saddam Hussein’s regime. Throughout, the chapter emphasizes the role of each president’s worldview in contributing to these decisions and policies.

Keywords:   George H.W. Bush, George W. Bush, Saddam Hussein, Operation Desert Storm, Mikhail Gorbachev, Operation Iraqi Freedom, United Nations, Baath Party, Iraqi Shiites, Iraqi Kurds

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