102. Amount of Prior Study and Preparation Readiness
11The decision to try to send men to the moon would involve this factor The decision to try to send men to the moon would involve this factor. Was the US ready when Kennedy challenged the country to win the space race?
12How much is really known about the Iranian Nuclear program How much is really known about the Iranian Nuclear program? How far along? Who is it a threat to? (defensive war, preemptive war, or proactive war)
14Roadside bomb crater Iraq Humvee destroyed in Iraq by roadside bomb.
15"As you know, you go to war with the Army you have "As you know, you go to war with the Army you have. They're not the Army you might want or wish to have at a later time."Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld
16How much did Kennedy really know about how far the missiles in Cuban were from being ready for launch?
173. Importance of the Issue How important is the issue really?
18Flag Burning: Is it the deciding factor on who to vote for?
22Illegal Immigration: Who wants them and why and who does not want them and why?
23Potential nuclear war over Cuba or Iran v Potential nuclear war over Cuba or Iran v. the decision to see Alvin and the Chipmunks
244. Personal BeliefsThe president’s political ideology as well as any other convictions that influence decision making.JFK (Liberal, Catholic)Bush ’43 (Conservative, Protestant)Carter (Conservative Democrat, Baptist, supported prayer in school)
265. Prior Experience This factor is one of the most important. Consider President Bush ’41 making decisions regarding foreign intelligence.JFK had backed down to the USSR at the Bay of Pigs, the Vienna Conference, and over the Berlin Wall
27Two terms Representative from Texas. Ambassador to the United NationsChief of the U. S. Liaison Office in the People's Republic of ChinaDirector of the Central Intelligence Agency.Chairman of the Republican National Committee
398. Informal Rules Tradition Protocol Red Mass: Sunday before SCOTUS termProtocolSeating at a state dinnerPress protocol in the White HouseOther unwritten rules that govern behavior of the president (i.e. “chain of command”)
439. Available ResourcesTangible things that the president has at his disposal.
44Truman only had two of the Atomic Bombs. So what do you target?
45U2 Spy plane to gather data and how many ships will it take to blockade Cuba?
46Available Military Resources As of 2003, the United States occupied over 700 installations in over 36 countries worldwide. Some of the largest contingents are:Germany 75,603Japan (US Forces Japan) 40,045South Korea (US Forces Korea) 29,086 Italy 10,449United Kingdom 10,331
4710. Status RelationshipsPeople who have face-to-face or easy contact with the president and influence decisions
5111. External Decision Makers People who influence the president but never actually communicate with the presidentHostages in Iran influenced Carter’s attempted rescued.Iran President Mahmoud AhmadinejadStarving refugees in DarfurGen. Peter Pace said the United States does not have a specific goal for troop numbers, but rather "off-ramps and on-ramps based on what we have on the ground.""The enemy has a vote on this," Gen. Pace said on "Fox News Sunday."
52Hostages in Iran influenced Carter’s attempted rescued. Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad
54Gen. Peter Pace said the United States does not have a specific goal for troop numbers, but rather "off-ramps and on-ramps based on what we have on the ground.""The enemy has a vote on this,"Gen. Pace said on "Fox News Sunday."
5512. Public Opinion The opinion of the populace. Both domestic and internationalPublic opinion is a tough factor because presidents have so much influence on it, it is sometimes difficult to determine which came first, the decision or public opinion.
57James David Barber’s The Presidential Character: Predicting Performance in the White House. PositiveNegativeActiveADAPTIVE: Confident, flexible; create opportunities for action; enjoy the exercise of power & do not take themselves too seriously; power is used as a means to achieve beneficial results.F. D. Roosevelt, H. Truman, J. F. Kennedy, G. Ford (G. W. Bush 1st term)COMPULSIVE: power is a means to self-realization; expend great energy on tasks derive little joy; preoccupied with whether failing or succeeding; low self-esteem; inclined to rigidity & are highly driven; problem managing aggression.W. Wilson, H. Hoover, A. Lincoln, L. B. Johnson, R. Nixon, (J. Kerry, A. Gore, H. Clinton)PassiveCOMPLIANT: superficially optimistic; seek to be loved; easily manipulated; have low self-esteem overcome by an ingratiating personality; react rather than initiate.W. H. Taft, W. Harding, R. Reagan, W. ClintonWITHDRAWN: respond to a sense of duty; avoid power; low self-esteem compensated by service to others; respond rather than initiate; avoid conflict and uncertainty; emphasize principles, procedures; an aversion to politicking.C. Coolidge, D. Eisenhower, G. Washington, (G.H.W. Bush, G. W. Bush 2nd term?)