The Presidency: History Lessons

History Lessons

George Bush sits in the soft light of the Oval Office, tilted back in his chair, brow knitted, rimless glasses in his restless hands, then on his nose, then off again. He suddenly swivels, points a long forefinger at a stack of papers in the center of his neat desk. It is Amnesty International's report on Iraqi atrocities in Kuwait. He's just been asked about compromising with Saddam Hussein.

"I'm absolutely convinced you can't," he says. "If there's a question about the moral purpose here, I really urge people to read this report. It's going to have a devastating effect. And...

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