George Shultz initiated a discussion with George W. in the Spring of 1998, whereby the future President sat down in Shultz's living room on the Stanford University campus, in order to be vetted (in effect) to run for President. At that meeting were Martin Anderson, the former advisor to both Richard Nixon and Ronald Reagan; Abraham Sofaer, a former Shultz aide; John Cogan and John Taylor, two economics professors; and Stanford's provost, and Shultz prote'ge', Condoleezza Rice. After the "scholars" associated with the Hoover Institution indicated that they thought Bush would make a good Presidential choice, Bush invited Shultz, Rice, and Anderson down to Austin, Texas for a follow-up meeting in the Summer. Out of that meeting, which was joined by Dick Cheney and Paul Wolfowitz, came the public decision for Bush to run for President.
By early 1999, Rice pulled together a broader group of foreign policy advisors, who agreed to be called the "Vulcans," at her suggestion. Also present, and effectively supervising them, were none other than Cheney and Shultz.
But George Shultz, the 84-year-old grey eminence, has not retired, after setting up the Bush W. Administration. By the Fall of 2003, he had a new project, this time serving as the co-chairman of the economic taskforce for California gubernatorial candidate (and now would-be President of the United States) Arnold Schwarzenegger.
Clearly, anyone who understands the danger which Nixon's 1971 decision, the Presidency of George W. Bush, and Arnold Schwarzenegger all represent to the United States republic, needs to know just who is George P. Shultz.
George Pratt Shultz: Profile of a Hit Man
by Scott Thompson and Nancy Spannaus