Must Read

PrintPrint EmailEmail ShareShare CiteCite
Style:MLAAPAChicagoClose

loading...

Foreign Policy: The Seduction of George W. Bush

Author: Peter Baker, The New York Times
November 6, 2013

Share

"The story of Bush's eight-year pas de deux with the master of the Kremlin, reconstructed through interviews with key players and secret notes and memos, offers lessons for President Obama as he struggles to define his own approach to Putin and shape the future of the two nuclear powers."

In the summer of 2006, President George W. Bush was relaxing at Camp David with the visiting prime minister of Denmark when the conversation turned to Vladimir Putin. It had been five years since Bush memorably peered into the Russian leader's soul. But now hope had been replaced by exasperation.

Bush regaled his guest with stories of aggravating private dealings with Putin that underscored their growing rift. Bush was astonished that Putin had tried to influence him by offering to hire a close friend of the president's and he found Putin's understanding of the world disconnected from reality. "He's not well informed," Bush groused. "It's like arguing with an eighth grader with his facts wrong."

Full Text of Document

More on This Topic

Interview

The Detrimental Potential of a CIA Review

Burton Gerber interviewed by Greg Bruno

The Justice Department's decision to review past CIA interrogation tactics may be legally justified, but Burton Gerber, a former CIA station...

Analysis Brief

CIA Probe and the Torture Debate

Author: CFR.org Staff

The U.S. attorney general's decision to conduct a preliminary review of past CIA interrogations awakens spirited debate over the scope of the...

Must Read

WSJ: Targeting Terrorists

Author: Richard Clarke

Washington is embroiled in a manic swing of opinion about the efficacy of covert action, including targeted assassinations. Richard A. Clarke...