Remembering George H. W. Bush's Foreign Policy Legacy

GEORGE HW BUSH
Former President George W. Bush speaks during the State Funeral for his father, former President George H.W. Bush, at the National Cathedral, Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2018, in Washington. Evan Vucci / AP Photo
GEORGE HW BUSH
Former President George W. Bush speaks during the State Funeral for his father, former President George H.W. Bush, at the National Cathedral, Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2018, in Washington. Evan Vucci / AP Photo

Remembering George H. W. Bush's Foreign Policy Legacy

Former President George H. W. Bush is being remembered today in a state funeral at the National Cathedral in Washington D. C. Since he died on Friday, many have remembered his legacy as the president who served in an era when the Soviet Union collapsed and the Middle East exploded. As president, Bush Sr. firmed up the U.S. presence in Central America with a military incursion into Panama, and also deployed troops into Somalia. Bush Sr. also negotiated the reunification of Germany, and made assurances that NATO wouldn’t threaten Soviet premier Mikhail Gorbachev’s interests. Before leading the Federal Government, Bush Sr. also held several prominent positions within the government including a tenure as CIA director. He shielded the CIA from public controversy, and re-established public trust in the clandestine services. To discuss this legacy, we’re joined by Andrew Bacevich, professor emeritus of international relations and history at Boston University.