- The 41st president of the United States, George H.W. Bush, died on November 30 at the age of 94.
- Throughout his political career, he served as the ambassador to the United Nations, vice president to President Ronald Reagan, and served one term as the president of the United States from 1989-1993.
- Here are some of Bush’s key political moments.
George H.W. Bush, the 41st president of the United States, died on November 30 at the age of 94.
Bush served first as vice president to Ronald Reagan from 1981-1989 before being elected as president in 1989 and serving one term.
An economic recession and a heavy federal budget debt hindered him from enacting great progress in domestic affairs during his presidency, but he still made a number of notable moves within the country’s border as well as outside of it.
Here are some of the former president’s key moments during his political career.
When Iraq’s Saddam Hussein invaded Kuwait in 1990, Bush responded on behalf of the U.S. with Operation Desert Storm.
Convinced that Kuwait was stealing crude oil from their shared border, Hussein ordered the invasion of the country in 1990. Kuwait and Saudi Arabia turned to NATO (National Atlantic Treaty Organization) members, including the U.S., for aid.
Operation Desert Storm was an air offensive that sparked the Persian Gulf War of 1991. U.S. troops, as well as those from other nations, launched attacks on Iraqi forces for 42 days before Bush declared a cease-fire. Most Iraqi troops had either surrendered or fled, making Operation Desert Storm a success in initially fending off Iraqi forces.
Bush and Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev signed the Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty, known as START l, on July 31, 1991.
Much of Bush’s time and work in office helped foster better US-Soviet relations, and START I was no exception.
The treaty helped regulate strategic nuclear weapons in both countries, with a goal of limiting arsenals by about 35%. By the time START I expired in 2010 and was replaced with a new version, arsenals on both sides were much lower than specified in the treaty.
In 1989, Bush deployed Operation Just Cause in Panama to overthrow the nation’s dictator, Manuel Noriega.
Noriega had been indicted by the U.S. for drug trafficking and money laundering. The U.S. also accused him of suppressing democracy when he annulled a presidential election in Panama in 1989.
After an off-duty U.S. Marine was shot and killed by Noriega’s Panamanian troops, Bush authorized Operation Just Cause, which led to a total of 21,000 U.S. troops defeating Noriega and his forces after just four days.
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