George W. Bush
Woodward’s book finely details the reasoning and planning that led to the U.S invasion of Iraq. What comes as a surprise to the reader is that Bush was considering a war with Iraq as early as November of 2001. What is gripping about the book is Woodward’s extraordinary access to top-secret war plans and meeting minutes.
Bush taps his top general, Tommy Franks, to draw up war plans. We get insight into Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld’s agenda, whose job is to turn outdated war plans into a short, viable strategy of invasion. We also get two warring political groups who disagree about the best way to deal with Iraq. On one hand is Vice-President Dick Cheney and the famous neoconservatives who advocate invasion no matter what. On the other hand are the moderates like Secretary of State Colin Powell who recommends going through the United Nations. Woodward masterfully documents the divided administration.
Overseeing everything is George W. Bush. The president is portrayed as intelligent and fully aware of his history-making role. In one of many phrases, Bush claims the United States is ‘the beacon for freedom in the world.’
What comes across is Bush’s resolve