This Will Not Stand, 1989–1991
In 1989, George H. W. Bush was elected the 41st president of the United States. Understanding his election as a sign of continuity in American domestic politics, Bush sought to maintain policies. However, the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait in 1991 challenged the international status quo. Bush’s hesitancy in addressing a budget crisis in Congress also threatened his steady policy course and challenged his domestic leadership. Bush’s domestic problems emerged from his primary concern that Saddam Hussein’s capabilities matched his intentions and that by prolonging and engaging a domestic campaign to bring Congress onto his side, US national security would be put unnecessarily at risk.