Bush: Gulf War and New World Order

  • John Dumbrell
Part of the American History in Depth book series (AHD)


The invasion of Panama had shown that George Bush was prepared to go to war. Both in Panama and the Gulf, Bush sought directly to confront the legacy of the Vietnam War. In various remarks made in the closing stages of the Gulf War, Bush announced: ‘The specter of Vietnam has been buried in the desert sands of the Arabian peninsula’. And: ‘By God, we’ve kicked the Vietnam syndrome once and for all.’1 He wished America’s options in the post-Soviet New World Order to be those which were appropriate to contemporary US strengths and interests. They should not continue to be affected by memories of defeat, division and humiliation in the early 1970s. Bush achieved much in the Gulf. However, he was as unable to extinguish the legacy of Vietnam as he was to secure his own electoral future.


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