by Jeff Wilfahrt
Aug 15, 2013, 12:03 PM

Missed opportunity in leadership – a concrete example

The year is 1991. George Herbert Bush is president. With the end of Desert Storm he achieves an incredible approval rating in the 90% range.

In this incredible moment of leadership opportunity, a chance to sound a clarion call to America to break the oil addiction, he punts. We may have followed him to lower carbon future.

Alas, is was not to be. An oilman was president and he most likely was beholden to those who needed coddling.

Two score later here we sit with our headlines stuffed with news of climate change, pipelines, polluted rivers and streams and all the like. Two decades of lost effort. Just a shame and it seems obvious which leader just couldn’t call the dance tune.

Of course a prior president, a Georgian, had once had the audacity to suggest putting on a sweater and turning the thermostat down amidst an oil embargo.

That didn’t work out to well for him. Is was just too much like…. leadership I guess. And of course it was Bush who was gunning to see to it the Georgian was a “one term president.”

Below are the statistics relative to those who died to give Bush this chance, the one he concretely missed.  

War/Conflict Branch of Service Number Serving Total Deaths Battle Deaths Other Deaths Wounds Not Mortal /B
Persian Gulf War Total 2225000 383 148 235 467
1990-1991 Army 782000 224 98 126 354
  Navy 669000 56 6 50 12
  Marines 213000 68 24 44 92
  Air Force 561000 35 20 15 9

“War would end if the dead could return”, Stanley Baldwin


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