Entries in George H.W. Bush (2)


University of Arizona to Announce New Center for Civil Discourse

President Obama speaking at the memorial service held at the University of Arizona’s McKale Memorial Center for the victims of the Jan. 8 shootings in Tucson. Photo Courtesy - The White House/Chuck Kennedy(TUCSON, Ariz.) -- The University of Arizona will unveil a new, nonpartisan center Monday, nearly three months after shootings in Tucson left six people dead and 13 others injured, including Rep. Gabrielle Giffords.

According to The Washington Post, the National Institute for Civil Discourse will focus on civility in political debate and will be funded by private donations.  The center will be chaired by former Presidents Bill Clinton and George H.W. Bush, and co-chaired by former Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor and former Senate Majority Leader Thomas Daschle.

Former Secretary of State Madeleine K. Albright, President Ronald Reagan's chief of staff Kenneth M. Duberstein, Fox News anchor Greta Van Susteren, director of Harvard University's Institute of Politics Trey Grayson, and former Rep. Jim Kolbe of Arizona will serve as board members.´╗┐

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Former President Bush #41 Marks Desert Storm 20th Anniversary

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(COLLEGE STATION, Texas) -- It was a gathering of Republican foreign policy heavyweights Thursday in College Station, Texas, as former President George H.W. Bush marked the 20th anniversary of Operation Desert Storm with his national security team.

Speaking before an audience of several thousand people, including Gulf War veterans, active duty military and students from Texas A&M University, including some from Iraq and Kuwait, Bush credited his Cabinet and military team for their leadership and unity during the planning and execution of the air and ground attacks that liberated Kuwait from invasion by Iraq.

“No president was ever better served by his foreign policy team,” Bush said.

Along with Bush, the event included former Vice President Dan Quayle, then-Defense Secretary Dick Cheney, former Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Colin Powell, former Secretary of State James A. Baker III and then-National Security Advisor Brent Scowcroft.

Gen. Norman Schwarzkopf, commander of the coalition forces, was unable to be there because of health issues, but he sent a letter that was read by Powell. In the letter, Schwarzkopf noted that while the military mission ended 20 years ago, the legacy will last forever.

More than 500,000 Americans were deployed at the peak of the fighting. One-hundred forty-eight service members were killed and 467 were wounded.

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