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Leaders in conflict: Bush and Rumsfeld in Iraq

Stephen Benedict Dyson


Beneath the violence of the U.S. war in Iraq was a subterranean conflict between President Bush and Secretary of Defense Rumsfeld, rooted in their different beliefs and leadership styles. Bush was prepared to pay a high cost in American lives, treasure, and prestige to win. Rumsfeld favored turning the war over to the Iraqis, and was comfortable with the risk that Iraq would disintegrate into chaos. Only after Bush removed Rumsfeld in late 2006 did he bring U.S. strategy into line with his goals, sending additional troops to Iraq and committing to continued U.S. involvement. Bush abandoned Rum ... More

Keywords: Iraq, Iraq War, George W. Bush, Donald Rumsfeld, Foreign Policy, Political Psychology, International Relations, U.S. Presidency

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780719091704
Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: September 2014 DOI:10.7228/manchester/9780719091704.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Stephen Benedict Dyson, author