August 17, 1992 PRESIDENT BUSH'S FOREIGN POLICY ACCOMPLISHMENTS THE PRESIDENT'S ACCOMPLISH
August 17, 1992
PRESIDENT BUSH'S FOREIGN POLICY ACCOMPLISHMENTS
THE PRESIDENT'S ACCOMPLISHMENTS ABROAD WILL ENSURE A PEACEFUL,
A VICTORIOUS END TO THE COLD WAR
Made the right calls in a series of tough decisions that
helped transform the world -- without provoking a superpower
Maintained strong policies that brought an end to imperial
Moved "beyond containment" with the Soviet Union to promote
freedom and change as communism began to collapse.
Orchestrated diplomacy that helped to achieve unification of
Germany on Western terms -- rapid and peaceful, and within
Accelerated liberation of Eastern Europe -- offering
assistance to promote democracy and free markets; first
leader to offer economic help to Poland.
Led the world in support of Boris Yeltsin and Russian
democracy during the recent attempted coup in the former
Supported the peaceful transformation of former Soviet
republics into new democratic nations.
ENDING THE THREAT OF NUCLEAR WAR
Signed the Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START) -- the
first treaty to actually reduce strategic nuclear weapons;
cut Soviet warheads in half.
Won dramatic post START agreement with Yeltsin that will cut
warheads by an additional one-third, and eliminate most
threatening Russian weapons.
Preserved SDI; won Russian agreement to work jointly on a
concept to protect against rogue missile attacks.
Achieved agreement with successor nations to the Soviet
Union to fulfill Soviet nuclear and conventional forces
Pushed expansion, extension and strict enforcement of non-
proliferation treaty including new inspections.
Spearheaded a coalition that brought China and North Korea
under Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty.
CUTTING CONVENTIONAL, CHEMICAL, AND BIOLOGICAL WEAPONS
Won Conventional Forces in Europe Agreement which slashed
Soviet forces and ended the threat of a surprise attack on
Won agreement to destroy 90% of US and Soviet chemical
weapons stockpiles within 10 years.
Strengthened U.S. export controls on chemical and biological
VICTORY IN THE PERSIAN GULF
Achieved a quick, decisive victory over Iraqi aggression.
Forged an unprecedented coalition to oppose Saddam Hussein;
secured U.N. backing for U.S.-led coalition actions.
Achieved objectives: Kuwait freed, Mideast stabilized,
world oil supplies secured, Iraq's ability to threaten it's
neighbors sharply reduced.
Is ensuring that Saddam's nuclear and chemical capability is
Demonstrated American strength, and resolve; showed that
aggression would not stand.
FIGHTING INTERNATIONAL TERRORISM
Won release of American hostages in Lebanon.
Secured unprecedented U.N. sanctions against Qaddafi to
release Pan Am 103 bombers and allow the U.S. bring them to
Isolated nations supporting terrorists.
INCREASED CHANCES FOR PEACE BETWEEN ISRAEL AND ITS NEIGHBORS
Orchestrated diplomacy that has led to the first face-to-
face talks in Israel's forty-four year history between
Israel and all of her Arab neighbors.
Is committed to regional stability and the security of
Israel, including providing nearly $4 billion in aid per
year; and supporting $10 billion in loan guarantees to help
settle recent immigrants to Israel.
Enhanced security relationships, including first commitment
of U.S. troops to Israel's defense during Persian Gulf War.
Secured repeal of U.N. resolution equating Zionism with
Was instrumental in assisting massive Jewish emigration form
the Soviet Union and Ethiopia.
TAKING ON THE DRUG LORDS
Convened the first-ever hemispheric drug summits in Columbia
and the U.S. to better coordinate crop destruction and
Significantly increased assistance for drug crop destruction
of South America, and extradition of cocaine criminals to
Is adding 300 new Border Patrol agents and secured the
cooperation of the U.S. military in drug interdiction.
BRINGING DEMOCRACY TO LATIN AMERICA
Brought Noriega to justice; restored democracy to Panama.
Helped secure free elections to overturn Sandinista rule in
Helped bring a successful end to civil war in El Salvador.
Built the North American Free Trade Agreement and conceived
the Enterprise for Americas Initiative -- a hemispheric free
trade zone to secure a better economic future for all of
LEADERSHIP IN WORLD PEACEKEEPING AND HUMANITARIAN EFFORTS
Opposed aggression in Yugoslavia, and backed efforts to stop
fighting and end blockade of Sarajevo.
Supported U.N. efforts to end fighting in Cambodia, Angola,
Namibia, Afghanistan, El Salvador, and Western Sahara.
Pushed for democratic change in South Africa and an end to
Saved tens of thousands of Kurdish lives through prompt
relief and military protection.
Revitalized United Nations through strong U.S. leadership
during a series of foreign crises.
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