chapter  3
40 Pages

Laying the Foundations for Peace

President Gerald R. Ford
ByEddie Michel

Chapter 3 explores the dramatic change in U.S. relations towards Salisbury that took place under President Ford. It observes how Washington became a crucial protagonist in seeking a peaceful resolution of the Bush War and shaping the future of an independent Zimbabwe. The chapter considers the rationale behind the White House decision to place the power and prestige of the U.S. Government into actively seeking a resolution to the Rhodesian problem, including the sense of morality that Ford brought to the Oval Office but more importantly how the geopolitics of the Cold War stimulated an American interest in resolving the longstanding Rhodesian question.