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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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No Equivocation

No Equivocation

George W. Bush

(p.401) Chapter Fourteen No Equivocation
Untrodden Ground

Harold H. Bruff

University of Chicago Press

George W. Bush became president when the Supreme Court resolved an election dispute in his favor in Bush v. Gore. His Vice President, Dick Cheney, became the most powerful one in American history. After the 9/11 attacks, Bush declared a war on terror and conducted it aggressively. He obtained congressional authorization in the AUMF to use force against al Qaeda. He detained suspects, suspended the Geneva Conventions, conducted warrantless electronic surveillance, and authorized harsh interrogation methods. He asserted exclusive executive power that Congress could not control, and emphasized secrecy. He used signing statements extensively. The Supreme Court and Congress eventually constrained his unilateral initiatives. He obtained authorization for a war against Iraq based on false information. He neglected his faithful execution duty regarding the Iraq occupation and the reaction to Hurricane Katrina.

Keywords:   George W. Bush, Bush v. Gore, Dick Cheney, 9/11, war on terror, Geneva Conventions, electronic surveillance, interrogation, Iraq War, Hurricane Katrina

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