Did political leadership in the U.S. give permission to Iraq to invade Kuwait?
Have you ever heard of Ambassador April Glaspie?
That’s her to the left with Saddam.
She was the first woman to be appointed as an American ambassador to an Arab country, a respected Arabist, and was a graduate of The Johns Hopkins University’s Nitze School of International Studies.
Soon after this picture was taken, this little-known woman would make an incredible mark upon the face of history.
Surprisingly, in the early 1980′s shortly before Glaspie’s appointment, The U.S. had been giving covert support to Iraq during their war with Iran. Yep, the same Iraq that we’re fighting in today used to be an ally of ours…
Just a few short years after we were supplying Iraq with weapons against Iran we would be at war with Iraq in the name of “peace and democracy” due to our opposition to Iraq’s “criminal and ‘Hitler-esque’ invasion of Kuwait.”
President George H. W. Bush even told us that “the dictator of Iraq has invaded a small and helpless neighbor” in the below video.
Since the American military is the world’s altruistic protector of innocence, virtue, and peace we surely would have stopped this war from happening if we could have right?
Well, that appears not to be the case.
During the buildup to the conflict our intelligence showed that Iraq had amassed significant military assets on the Kuwaiti border. This of course was a very dangerous discovery.
As the U.S. Ambassador to Iraq, it was now little April Glaspie’s time to shine.
Given the above speech by President Bush, Sr. surely Ambassador Glaspie informed Iraq that an unprovoked attack on a neighboring country would not be tolerated.
Amazingly, her historic words were not of condemnation, nor of opposition, nor of confrontation–they were of abject ambivalence:
“We have no opinion on your Arab-Arab conflicts, such as your dispute with Kuwait. Secretary Baker has directed me to emphasize the instruction, first given to Iraq in the 1960s, that the Kuwait issue is not associated with America.”
We knew war was coming to Kuwait and gave Iraq the green light.
If we truly opposed the war we would have stopped it before it began.
If we didn’t care we would have left them to their own free will.
To me, the uncomfortable truth is that we wanted that war to happen and essentially gave Saddam permission to do so only to spin back and emphatically condemn him after the fact while attacking with brutal force him “in the name of peace.”
Consequently an estimated 500,000 Iraqi children died due to bombings that destroyed their infrastructure and sanctions that we imposed on Iraqi supply lines.
In 2002, Osama bin Laden would cite these atrocities in a speech, I’m sure he isn’t the only terrorist to have major problems with this
Am I an America-basher for saying this? NO! If you are offended it’s because you haven’t stood up for the principles this country was founded upon.
As Dr. Ron Paul outlines in the below video, there have been an array of consequences from this fateful story.
The moral of the story is if we must be aware of the chess board on which we live so we can more accurately interpret the stories we’re told by politicians and live in reality, not in perception and manipulation by small groups of cunning politicians and slick media presenters.
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