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The Case for Reassessing America’s 43rd President

The Case for Reassessing America’s 43rd President


Contemporary judgments of George W. Bush’s foreign policy were often quite harsh and polemical. In this article, we argue that a moderate form of Bush revisionism is likely to emerge in the coming years, as scholars take a more dispassionate look at his achievements in global affairs and the difficult circumstances under which his administration labored. We offer the six most persuasive arguments in favor of Bush revisionism; we then discuss the most reasonable critiques of these arguments. The overall thrust of this essay is not that Bush will someday be seen as one of America’s most successful statesmen, but simply that his reputation should improve as partisan passions fade and new evidence is considered.

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