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Jerry Mandujano PLS201 3/11/08 Assignment #3 The chapter “The Making of Foreign Policy in the Bush Administration,” found in The Bush Presidency , edited by Kenneth W. Thompson, features a first hand perspective of George H. W. Bush’s foreign policy decisions. A narrator interviews the assistant secretary of state for international organization affairs, John R. Bolton. Bolton was responsible for formulating and implementing U.S. policy within the United Nations system. This chapter does not contain any direct references to approval ratings, but Bolton outlines the public reaction to Bush’s actions. Bush had a very hands-on style of making decisions. Bolton reveals that the relationship between Bush and his Secretary of State, James Baker, was very close and very influential in upper level decision making. Bush would have a weekly breakfast with Baker, Dick Cheney, and Brent Scowcroft, where they would address any issues that
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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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