Originally Posted by GermanStar
Actually, it was written by someone who GW invited in as an impromptu biographer of sorts, and was based largely on personal interviews granted by your hero, himself. To this day, GW has not recanted or disparaged a single word of the book to my knowledge. It doesn't get more credible than that. In the book, Woodward recounts GW's reference to Bush I as "the wrong father" in regard to consultation. Have you read All The Best, George Bush: My Life and Other Writings?
I haven't read this book but I do know that Bush 2 discounts both his father and (his father's) former advisors (such as Brent Scrowcroft) in the setting of his foreign policy agenda. I recall Bush 2 in a revealing interview specifically renunciating his fathers foreign policy initiatives. Bush senior is an "arabist" who at one time withheld loan guarantees for Israel because they defied him by building more settlements in the "occupied territories" (funny they were never called "occupied territories" when they belonged to Egpyt and Jordan). Also he prevented Israel from retaliating against Iraq in the first Gulf war after Scud missles began flying because he feared that an Israeli response in self-defence would jeapordize the arab members of his allied coalition. He had a tepid relationship with the then exiting prime minister of Israel, Yitzhak Shamir, from the Likud party. In fact, Bush senior was made in the Buchanan mold in that he supported right wing governments everywhere in the world except for Israel.
He, at first, encouraged (or at least expressed indifference) to Iraq's invasion of Kuwait and then turned around and declared war on Iraq. Baker, his secretary of state (and another "arabist") sent a representative to Bagdad to meet with Sadaam Hussein. Baker should have resigned in disgrace over his envoy's capitulation to Sadaam's threatened aggression on Kuwait. Sadaam's belief that the US would not intervene in Iraqi affairs is what was gave him the impetus to invade Kuwait in the first place.
And then once the war was nearing its end with Iraqi troops in full retreat Bush senoir launched a vicious attack on a retreating army killing thousands when they were no longer a threat to Kuwait and the outcome of the war had already been decided.
So no. I feel Bush senoir had a failed presidency and his advisors were awful. I don't miss him or Jim Baker one whit and am glad that GW 2 doesn't take them into his confidence.