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Harold H. Bruff

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780226211107

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2015

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226211244.001.0001

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The Vision Thing

The Vision Thing

George H. W. Bush and Clinton

(p.376) Chapter Thirteen The Vision Thing
Untrodden Ground

Harold H. Bruff

University of Chicago Press

George H.W. Bush pursued an aggressive and competent foreign policy. He intervened unilaterally to force regime change in Panama. After Iraq invaded Kuwait, he assembled a coalition of nations and received congressional authorization to conduct the first Gulf War, which successfully freed Kuwait. He managed adjustments to foreign policy to adapt to the collapse of the Soviet Union. Domestically, he entered a budget deal with Congress that structurally addressed deficits. Bill Clinton adopted the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy for gays in the military. In humanitarian interventions, he bombed Serbia and Kosovo without congressional authorization. He struggled with Congress over the budget, and his veto led to a government shutdown. After being investigated by an independent counsel, he escaped conviction after being impeached for his sexual misconduct.

Keywords:   George H.W. Bush, Panama, Gulf War, Soviet Union, Bill Clinton, Serbia, government shutdown, independent counsel, impeachment

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