America and the New American Century by Chris Wogan

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So Saddam, after receiving a green light from the United States, invaded Kuwait on August 2, 1990. Immediately after the invasion, Bush publicly declared, “I’m not contemplating such action…” after being asked by reporters if he intended any intervention. Shortly afterwards, however, the Bush administration contacted Saudi Arabian leaders and warned that they would be Iraq’s next target even though the US knew that Hussein had no such intentions. Colin Powell, as he did in 2002, made a presentation before the UN that declared that the US satellites had identified a massive buildup of Iraqi troops along the border of Saudi Arabia.

By 1983, Iranian reports of Iraqi use of chemical weapons had increased so dramatically that, by November, Iran had requested that the United Nations investigate its claims. On November 1, 1983, the State Department issued a memorandum (4) titled Iraq’s Use of Chemical Weapons that confirmed of Iraq’s use of chemical weapons. ” The report referred to Iraq’s, “almost daily use of CW,” as an issue to be discussed during the National Security Council’s upcoming meeting on how to assist Iraq in the war.

Once again, can you guess who had to cover the $50 million? That’s right, it was the American taxpayer! Following the BNL scandal in 1989, Congress enacted limited sanctions against Iraq prohibiting Eximbank financing without a presidential waiver. The State Department quickly drafted a waiver and President Bush signed it on January 17, 1990. ” Interestingly enough, the two men in charge of the Export-Import Bank for the duration of the Reagan and Bush’s presidencies, John D. Macomber and William H Draper III, were two major contributors to George W Bush’s early oil ventures and were close to the Bush family (see Chapter Three).

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