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Unformatted text preview: lower level bureaucracy could not come to a decision about. Bolton considers this personal approach to decision-making to be better suited to handling crises than a bureaucratic approach. Bolton focuses on the Gulf crisis, which he views as the “central defining event of the entire Bush presidency,” (110). Congress played a very small role throughout, because Iraq invaded Kuwait at the beginning of Congressional recess. Bush had the freedom to deal with the Gulf crisis and to secure the U.N. Security Council’s vote authorizing use of force in Iraq without outside political interference. Bolton describes Bush’s handling of domestic policy as “detached.” This detachment had political implications, such as a loss of popularity over economic issues. The breach of his “read my lips” campaign promise was a big blow to his administration. Bolton considers this the ultimate reason why Bush lost the next election....
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- Spring '08
- George H. W. Bush, John R. Bolton, H. W. Bush, bush presidency, entire Bush presidency