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Presidential Character and the Decision-Making Process: Values, Political Strategy, and Loyalty as Independent Variables in in the Foreign Policy of George W. Bush

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This paper makes a systematic attempt to explain three key features of Bush's presidential character and style and to show the causal links between these and his decision-making process and foreign policy. First, Bush thinks and acts in terms of values; second, he has a natural talent for political campaign strategy, a skill he improved all his life. Finally, for this president all politics are personal and the glue is loyalty, trust and mutual responsibility between him and his advisers in the inner circle, key Congressional players, as well as foreign leaders. The three features are applied to two case studies before September 11, 2001 and two after the attacks. In the before 9/11 period, this paper examines Bush's attempt to negotiate an end to the Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty, and his attempt to launch a new program of military transformation. After the terrorist attacks, it analyzes Bush's launch of his 'war on terror,' and his decision to pursue regime change in Iraq.
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"Presidential Character and the Decision-Making Process: Values, Political Strategy, and Loyalty as Independent Variables in in the Foreign Policy of George W. Bush" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the International Studies Association, Hilton Hawaiian Village, Honolulu, Hawaii, Mar 05, 2005 <Not Available>. 2009-05-26 <http://www.allacademic.com/meta/p71635_index.html>

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, 2005-03-05 "Presidential Character and the Decision-Making Process: Values, Political Strategy, and Loyalty as Independent Variables in in the Foreign Policy of George W. Bush" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the International Studies Association, Hilton Hawaiian Village, Honolulu, Hawaii <Not Available>. 2009-05-26 from http://www.allacademic.com/meta/p71635_index.html

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Abstract: This paper makes a systematic attempt to explain three key features of Bush's presidential character and style and to show the causal links between these and his decision-making process and foreign policy. First, Bush thinks and acts in terms of values; second, he has a natural talent for political campaign strategy, a skill he improved all his life. Finally, for this president all politics are personal and the glue is loyalty, trust and mutual responsibility between him and his advisers in the inner circle, key Congressional players, as well as foreign leaders. The three features are applied to two case studies before September 11, 2001 and two after the attacks. In the before 9/11 period, this paper examines Bush's attempt to negotiate an end to the Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty, and his attempt to launch a new program of military transformation. After the terrorist attacks, it analyzes Bush's launch of his 'war on terror,' and his decision to pursue regime change in Iraq.

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