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The Bush Years. The Bush Years. As George Bush took over for Reagan, he was faced with the tough task of maintaining America’s growth under Reagan Almost immediately had to deal with foreign policy issues Very good background

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the bush years1
The Bush Years
  • As George Bush took over for Reagan, he was faced with the tough task of maintaining America’s growth under Reagan
  • Almost immediately had to deal with foreign policy issues
    • Very good background
      • UN Ambassador, diplomatic envoy in China, CIA Director, Vice President
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The Bush Years
  • Gorbachev was reforming
    • Caused revolutions in Eastern Europe
      • Stopped being communists
    • Revolutions reached East Germany
      • Tore down Berlin Wall (1989)
      • United Germany once again
  • With Eastern European communist countries fading, the Soviet Union was forced to collapse
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Fun Slide
  • There is no information on this slide
    • I am wondering how much you listen to what I am saying or just write down whatever is on the screen
      • Hopefully you are doing both
  • I hope you guys have enjoyed this class and have learned something about the past
  • Here is a cool picture of a dog in a clown costume
    • By the way, the answer to #20 on

the final exam is A

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The Bush Years
  • Despite success in the Soviet Union, Bush faced many other foreign issues
    • Tiananmen Square
    • China’s communist government was still gong string despite other countries collapsing
      • Still repressing political speech
        • Protestors fought for Democracy
      • Chinese Government crushed the protestors
        • Many were killed and hundreds arrested
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The Bush Years
  • Persian Gulf War
    • Saddam Hussein, leader of Iraq, invades Kuwait
    • Worried that they would continue invasion in to Saudi Arabia, Bush sends in military
      • Operation Desert Storm
    • War was over within a few months
      • Very few casualties
      • First American victory since WWII
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The Bush Years
  • Even though Bush had to focus on foreign affairs, there were still domestic issues
    • Economy could not keep up the same pace it had under Reagan
    • End of Cold War
      • No more need for weapons or soldiers
    • Other businesses started downsizing
    • Government could not pay back loans
      • Heavy interest
    • Bush had to raise taxes
  • Recession and other issues had caused Bush to lose election of 1992