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Author Dyson, Stephen Benedict, author

Title Leaders in conflict : Bush and Rumsfeld in Iraq / Stephen Benedict Dyson
Published Manchester ; New York : Manchester University Press, 2014
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Description 1 online resource (140 pages.)
Contents Leaders in conflict -- Leaders and international politics -- The emergence of the Bush doctrine -- Rumsfeld and the invasion plan -- The governance plan -- Coalition Provisional Authority -- Rumsfeld's exit strategy -- Bush takes charge -- Leadership and the Iraq war: lessons learned -- Appendix: measuring the Bush and Rumsfeld worldviews using quantitative content analysis
Summary "Beneath the violence of the US 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 favoured 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 US strategy into line with his goals, sending additional troops to Iraq and committing to continued US involvement. Bush abandoned Rumsfeld's withdrawal approach, predicated upon the beliefs that 'it's the Iraqis' country,' and 'we have to take our hand off the bicycle seat.' In Leaders in conflict, Stephen Benedict Dyson shows that Bush and Rumsfeld thought about international politics, and about leadership, in divergent ways, adn demonstrates the impact these differences had on the course of the war. The book is based upon more than two dozen interviews with administration insiders, and will appeal to those interested in US foreign policy, the US presidency, leadership and wartime decision making." --Back cover
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Description based on print version record
Subject Bush, George W. (George Walker), 1946-
Rumsfeld, Donald, 1932-
Iraq War, 2003-2011 -- Political aspects -- United States.
United States -- Politics and government -- 2001-2009.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 1526102498 (electronic bk.)
9781526102492 (electronic bk.)