Bush takes charge
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This chapter analyzes Bush’s decision to surge additional troops to Iraq and to remove Rumsfeld as secretary of defense. In making the decision to surge, Bush defied the advice of Rumsfeld, the will of Congress, and the tide of public opinion. His decision was rooted in his personal characteristics. Bush conceptualized the situation in Iraq in stark winning / losing terms, and was unwilling to accept a compromise solution. His history maker temperament disposed him to believe that the troop surge could work, in stark contrast to much of the advice he received. His cheerleading interpersonal style led him to a positive relationship with the new Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki, whom he backed almost without reservation, again in contrast to advice he received from others concerning Maliki’s effectiveness and trustworthiness.

Leaders in conflict

Bush and Rumsfeld in Iraq


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