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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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Comparing the Bush Presidencies

Comparing the Bush Presidencies

(p.143) 6 Comparing the Bush Presidencies
The Gulf

Michael F. Cairo

University Press of Kentucky

This chapter offers an analysis of the lessons, both general and specific one can draw from a comparison of the Bush presidencies’ policies in the Middle East. The chapter begins by offering lessons from the analysis of the wars in Iraq, citing the importance of experience in the presidency, and arguing that the experience of George H.W. Bush contributed to policies that produced far better results than the policies of George W. Bush. Emphasizing the fact that experience coupled with each man’s worldview contributed to the policies and policy outcomes, the chapter suggests that it is important to understand the beliefs of presidents. The chapter next turns to an analysis of the lessons that emerged from the comparison of the peace process, stressing the pivotal importance of personal relations. Finally, the chapter offers a general analysis arguing for the study of presidential worldviews more generally.

Keywords:   George H.W. Bush, George W. Bush, John McCain, Barack Obama, Worldviews, Richard Haass

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