Previous Bush Addresses Have Included Status Report on Military Action With PM-State Of The
Previous Bush Addresses Have Included Status Report on Military Action With PM-State Of The Union, Bjt
WASHINGTON (AP) _ President Bush makes his third State of the Union address tonight. It is the first that won’t include a status report on American military action overseas.
Last year, the annual address to Congress came less than two weeks after U.S. and allied warplanes began bombing Iraq. Bush promised that night that the coalition would drive Iraqi troops from Kuwait.
A year earlier, Bush reported on the U.S. effort to oust Panamanian leader Manuel Noriega. About 27,000 troops had taken part a month earlier in the invasion that led to Noriega’s surrender.
Here is a brief look at some of the issues Bush has raised in his State of the Union addresses and where the issues are now: U.S. TROOPS OVERSEAS
1991: ″We will succeed in the gulf,″ Bush said, telling Congress that the United States did not aim to destroy Iraq, but that ″Iraq’s capacity to sustain war is being destroyed.″
UPDATE: The six-week war ended Feb. 28, 1991, when Bush declared a cease fire as Iraqi troops withdrew from Kuwait.
Earlier this month, CIA Director Robert Gates said that despite damage from the Gulf War, Iraq can rebuild its nuclear, chemical and biological weapons capacity within a few years. He said biological weapons production could be brought back ″in a matter of weeks.″
1990: ″Democracy is restored. Panama is free,″ Bush declared to a standing ovation. He promised to bring home the 4,000 U.S. troops still in Panama by March 1, leaving the U.S. presence at the pre-invasion level of about 13,000 troops.
UPDATE: Testimony in Noriega’s federal drug and racketeering trial in Miami began in September. Prosecutors rested their case on Dec. 17; the trial is scheduled to resume Feb. 3. SOVIET UNION
1991: Bush pledged to help the Baltic republics become independent, but without punishing the Soviet Union.
UPDATE: The Soviet Union died in December, with 11 of the 12 republics forming the Commonwealth of Independent States. Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev resigned; Russian President Boris Yeltsin became the leading political figure in the commonwealth.
1990: Bush saluted democratic changes in Eastern Europe as ″the revolution of ’89″ and said the crumbling of hardline communist governments should open the way for more U.S. and Soviet troop cuts in the region.
UPDATE: The United States began pulling out troops, especially from Germany. The administration said it hoped to leave only 150,000 troops in Europe by the end of 1994. But the sour economy in the former Soviet Union is making it difficult to withdraw Soviet troops. In one case, the Kremlin demanded economic help from the Baltics to resettle and build housing for the 250,000 troops it promises to withdraw by 1994. ECONOMY:
1991: Bush’s budget proposal sought to stimulate the economy by allowing tax-free family savings accounts, penalty-free withdrawals from Individual Retirement Accounts for first-time homebuyers and a permanent tax credit to create new jobs.
UPDATE: Congress did not act on these proposals.
1990: Bush brushed off a Democratic proposal to reduce Social Security taxes, saying ″the last thing we need to do is mess around with Social Security.″ Democratic Majority Leader Richard Gephardt, D-Mo., criticized the president for not being ″more specific about how he intends to strengthen our economy and lift the economic futures of people who work for a living.″
UPDATE: Democrats criticized Bush throughout 1991 for spending more time on foreign affairs than on domestic policy. The Democratic plan to reduce Social Security taxes, proposed by New York Sen. Daniel Patrick Moynihan, is still alive.