The article tries to use the PESTLE ( details below ) analysis framework for analyzing the 43 President of United States. It may be a bit biased , as all articles written by men are. It will try its best to be faithful to the facts , and not to the opinions surrounding this President.
The PESTLE framework stands for –
It will rate the Presidency as a Presidency, means it will evaluate his tenure as leader of the United States, not of the free world or anything else he was not elected or declared by the Supreme Court to be ( pun unintended). Scores are from 1 to 10, but you are free to comment with your own rating scores.
The United States adopted the preemptive doctrine to eliminate hostile nations under the diplomatic leverage gained by the international sympathy to September 11. It fought a successful war in Afghanistan to oust the Taliban and included allies of it’s Nato alliance. The breach with Europe over the Iraq war has largely been remedied by the own admission of failure in that war. Overall the United States lost diplomatic leverage in 8 years but made it up with enhanced military prowess thanks to huge budgeted spending, and adaptable military planning leading to relative quite in both wars in Asia. The North Korean decision to give up nuclear weapons and the nuclear pact with India were notable though under rated successes.
The crisis of the last year tends to overshadow what has been terrific growth for the United States Economy , recovering from a severe crisis of 2001 , two wars and worldwide credit panic. Average incomes have fallen in the US economy, but it remains the freest and most innovative place for trading in the planet. The biggest crisis in confidence in it’s currency is now ebbing, as the cyclical slowdown (1992,1999,2001,2008) takes time to recover.
The Bush era was categorized by partisan politics, as Americans debated themselves on the direction their maturing super power needed to take. The falling standards of health care for the average American citizen, and the rising income inequality mark this as one of the most under performing sector of the 43 rd presidency.On an international arena, the Bush presidency is marked for both generous aid to Africa, as well as the displacements the wars in Asia caused.
Despite the fact that George W Bush knew less about the Internet in 2001, the past 8 years have broadly re affirmed as well as augmented the leadership of the United States in technology areas, including continuing co operation in space matters with other nations, telecommunications and new media convergence, and greater access to technology with partners like Russia and India.
Suspending habeas corpus, condoning water boarding , Geneva convention suspension on detainees, shows the administration was a successful failure in executing the needed legal tactics to keep mainland America largely safe over the past eight years but at a price to its own credibilty as a law abiding country for all and equal. Ironic for a presidency that was itself ushered by the law, this area became the most criticized of the George W Bush administration despite the astonishing fact that it hurt no American citizens and protected nearly all. That itself has more to say by the fair minded, freedom loving principles of America than of the 43rd presidency.
Environmental record by a President groomed in the oil business is always going to be a tough question, and the Bush presidency had a dismal record both over seas and at home . The one success of promoting ethanol use has questionable gains ,but the administration did nothing extra ordinary on either side of the green debate and largely maintained the status quo.Its words however did more to provoke than re assure environmental minded people.
In summary ,
the George W Bush presidency would be judged much later for how much good or bad it actually did versus how much it got criticized for, but it did became one of the most discussed presidencies ( or maybe that it was due to the first pure Internet era President and thus had more avenues of criticism).
Judging by pure data – The stock market fell more than any time in 80 years, more Americans died both at peace since the beginning of the Federal Union and more soldiers died at war since past 36 years,it struggled with diplomatic containment of both Russia and China, and overall led to lower living standards for many American citizens from 2000 till 2008.
Conclusion- After effects of this tenure and decisions made will echo domestically in the United States and internationally for years if not decades in both macro economic as well as geo-political arenas.