James Addison Baker III
- --Born in Houston, Texas April 28, 1930.
- --Married Susan Garrett, August 6, 1973.
- --Eight children
- --Princeton University, 1952
- --Lieutenant, Marine Corps.
- --J.D. University of Texas School of Law at Austin, 1957.
- --Andrews & Kurth, 1957-75.
- --Under-Secretary of Commerce, 1975.
- --National Chairman, President Ford Committee, 1976.
- --President Reagan's Chief of Staff, 1981-85.
- --Secretary of the Treasury, 1985-88.
- --Bush Campaign Chairman, 1988.
- --Secretary of State, 1988-present.
*A trusted friend of President Bush, James Baker was called upon not only for his international expertise, but for his own personal feelings on the Gulf crisis. He has been the point man for all diplomatic efforts in bringing the United Nations to support the U.S. position and his style has won high praise and support from leaders around the world.
Now that the war is over, Jim Baker is going to have to take some heat from a "hungry" Congress. Baker is rumored to be a possible Republican target of Democratic Congressmen who are seeking a whipping boy on the conduct of the crisis. Many Democrats who are feeling strong voter opposition to their anti-war votes need someone powerful (and Republican) to blame things on. The State Department's handling of U.S.-Iraqi relations prior to August 2nd are certain to be heavily scrutinized, as is the State Department error in signing a joint communiqu? with the Soviet Union on January 29. Baker will have to endure these post-war political games as he tries to formulate a post-war New World Order.
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