ABSTRACT

When George W. Bush leaves the Oval Offi ce in 2009, he will certainly be missed by political pundits and late-night comedians who have devoted much of their time in recent years to ridiculing the former Texas governor and 43rd President of the United States. While we may forget some of the more embarrassing moments of Bush’s presidency, there are particular images of America’s war president that will be diffi cult to erase from our collective memory: that of a young and untested leader standing amid the ruins of the World Trade Center following the devastating terrorist attacks of 11 September 2001; and months later, that of a brash commander-in-chief proudly declaring from the fl ight deck of an American aircraft carrier, albeit prematurely, that the brutal regime of former Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein had been defeated handily by the US and its coalition partners.