From the Berlin Wall to the Fall of the Soviet Union: CBN's Gary Lane Shares His Memories of George HW Bush
- And our CBN News ReporterGary Lane interviewed Bush
in 1980 when he ran
for the Republicannomination for President.
Ultimately losing to Ronald Reagan
who then chose him tobe his Vice President.
And Gary also saw theBush campaign in action
in 1988 when he worked
on Pat Robertson's Presidential campaign.
So Gary we know that Bush oversaw the fall
of the Berlin Wall and thebreakup of the Soviet Union.
Why was it so important thatthose be handled correctly?
- Well Efrem, becauseyou had new democracies
that were coming into fruition.
Or they wanted to become democracies.
So they had to have cash infusions,
they had to learn what it was like
to have a free market economy as well.
And so they needed help,they needed support.
Not just monetary help and support,
but also political help and support.
And it was important because otherwise
if they had failed,
you would have seen theseCommunists rise up again
and try to take controlover those countries.
And today it paid off,
because many of thosecountries are now part of NATO.
Now he also built a majorinternational coalition
against Saddam Hussein forOperation Desert Storm.
Why was that so significant?
- Well it was significant if you remember,
Saddam Hussein moved into Kuwait.
And that was an oilrich country, still is.
But he controlled the oil.
So in order to get him out of there,
a ground assault was needed.
That would be very difficultfor the United States
to do on it's own.
He formed a coalition ofalmost three dozen countries
and it took time to move those troops in
and to move all the equipment in.
And finally there was aground and air assault
and they knocked Saddam out.
And that was very significant to show
that tyranny would not betolerated in the Middle East.
- Successes there in foreign policy.
But he disappointed many conservatives
on some domestic policies, did he not?
- Well I think the main thing was,
remember George Bush saidread my lips, no new taxes.
And then he turned around and raised taxes
making a deal with the Democrats.
And that disappointeda lot of conservatives.
I think many conservatives saw him
as someone who would carryon Ronald Reagan's policies
and that legacy, and he did not.
- How do you think he'll be remembered
despite that disappointment?
- I think he'll be remembered mostly
for his foreign policy successes.
Remember this was a man whowas Ambassador to China,
he was also Ambassadorto the United Nations,
CIA Director, also a Congressman,
and then President of the United States,
war hero and he'll be remembered
for those foreign policy successes
even though he was not the one
he was not the architect ofthe Berlin Wall coming down.
It was Ronald Reagan'spolicies that led to that.
We needed a good manager,
and he'll be remembered as agood foreign policy manager.
- Indeed, if any man wasprepared to be President
he certainly was.
- Yes, very humble man too.- Indeed, indeed.