Conflict and Character: George W. Bush

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Pundits predicted this would be one of the least eventful presidencies in history. Summertime shark attacks made more headlines than he did. But in the days following September 11, 2001, George W. Bush’s presidency and purpose became clear.

Before a joint session of Congress he announced a war with the enemies of freedom and pursued it with two controversial military campaigns in Afghanistan and Iraq. He has been criticized for a “shoot from the hip diplomacy,” and for a too-simplistic world view of evil and good. Even so, George W. Bush’s approval ratings are sky high.

Americans, it seems, appreciate a hard line on rogue nations and a staunch defense of national security. Conflict and the character of the Texan Commander in Chief George W. Bush.


Richard Brookhiser, Senior Editor at “National Review,” and author of the forthcoming book, “Gentleman Revolutionary: Gouverneur Morris, the Rake Who Wrote the Constitution”

David Gergen, Professor of Public Service, Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University and former advisor to four Presidents: Nixon, Ford, Reagan and Clinton.