Author(s): Joseph M. Siracusa, Laurens J. Visser
Series: The Evolving American Presidency
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan, Year: 2020
Going to War with Iraq: A Comparative History of the Bush Presidencies is the account of two United States presidents and their decision to intervene militarily in Iraq, examining the comparative domestic and international contexts in which the decisions to go to war were made by George H. W. Bush and his son George W. Bush. This book centers specifically on the issue of Saddam Hussein at home and abroad, in the lead up to hostilities with Iraq in 1991 and 2003, respectively. For George H.W. Bush, in 1991, the threat posed by Saddam came from his perceived capabilities as Iraq’s leader, whereas for George W. Bush, in 2003, it was the threat posed by Saddam’s perceived intentions as Iraq’s leader. In both cases, the result was war with Iraq.