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 Saddam Hussein

It's worth going over the work the Butcher of Baghdad did for his Texas patrons when he was their butcher:

  • 1979: Seizes power with U.S. approval; moves allegiance from Soviets to U.S. in Cold War.
  • 1980: Invades Iran, then the "Unicycle of Evil," with U.S. encouragement and arms. (In fairness, credit here goes to Nobel Peace Laureate, James Carter.)
  • 1982: Bush-Reagan regime removes Saddam's regime from official U.S. list of state sponsors of terrorism.
  • 1983: Saddam hosts Donald Rumsfeld in Baghdad. Agrees to "go steady" with U.S. corporate suppliers.
  • 1984: U.S. Commerce Department issues license for export of aflatoxin to Iraq useable in biological weapons.
  • 1988: Gasses Kurds in Halabja, Iraq.
  • 1987-88: U.S. warships destroy Iranian oil platforms in Gulf and break Iranian blockade of Iraq shipping lanes, tipping war advantage back to Saddam.
  • 1990: Invades Kuwait with U.S. permission.

U.S. permission? On July 25, 1990, the dashing dictator met in Baghdad with U.S. Ambassador April Glaspie. When Saddam asked Glaspie if the U.S. would object to an attack on Kuwait over the small emirate's theft of Iraqi oil, the ambassador told him, "We have no opinion.... Secretary [of State James] Baker has directed me to emphasize the instruction ... that Kuwait is not associated with America." Saddam taped her.

Glaspie, in her 1991 Congressional testimony, did not deny the authenticity of the recording, which diplomats worldwide took as a Bush Sr's okay to an Iraqi invasion.

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In other words, if you grow up in Bellaire gardens you are a gang member in the same way that Soviet citizens were members of the Communist Party and Iraqis under Saddam Hussein, the Baath party. There is precious little choice, which means that, in ...
Memories run deep: of U.S. support for Saddam Hussein in the 1980s, of U.S. failure to support the Shia uprising in the early days following the First Gulf War in 1991 (despite encouraging the uprising), of U.S.

In the first decade and a half of his military career, he was a guerrilla fighting Saddam Hussein's Iraqi Army in the mountains of southern Kurdistan.
The Saddam Hussein regime had shown itself both reckless (invading two of its neighbors in costly wars) and ruthless (using chemical weapons against both foreigners and domestic rebels).
The KDP said, "We want to reassure him (Maliki) that Kurdistan's borders are not the ones determined by Saddam Hussein and Maliki. The borders of Kurdistan are those which the peshmerga have liberated from ISIS, and we will stay there. He should know ...
Others in the background shouted, "We got Saddam Hussein." Clingan, 61, who retired from the navy two years ago after 37 years of service, was the keynote speaker on Wednesday morning for the annual Community Leaders prayer Breakfast.

The two men review the no-fly zones that were established over Serbia/Kosovo (1999) and Saddam Hussein's Iraq (1998-2003), and explain that Syria in 2016 is entirely different.
Aside from security problems, its crude is as cheap and easy to extract as in Saudi Arabia or Iran, but its energy industry suffered decades of under-investment under Saddam Hussein who was overthrown by a U.S.-led invasion in 2003. Since then Iraq has ...
Mosul also represents the city that provided Saddam Hussein's Baathist regime with a large number of military and security personnel.
The Iraq diplomatic mission in New York City, which sits on a wealthy Upper East Side block near Central Park, used to use its basement as a jail equipped for torture during the years of Saddam Hussein's regime, That's right, there was torture going on ...
... father and son; moreover, many Arabs allies, particularly those in the gulf, still admire the willingness of Republican administrations to go to war in the Middle East, fighting to liberate Kuwait in 1990-1 and then to topple Saddam Hussein a ...
The target has been destroyed. The operations room is the clearest visible example of cooperation between the US contingent here and the Iraqi military command.
Aside from security problems, its crude is as cheap and easy to extract as in Saudi Arabia or Iran, but its energy industry suffered decades of under-investment under Saddam Hussein who was overthrown by a U.S.-led invasion in 2003. Since then Iraq has ...
President Barack Obama's foreign policy of "Don't do stupid s[tuff]" has been turned on its head in Iraq. The stupefying stupidity of our continuing military involvement featuring more than 5,000 American soldiers ranks with our carnival of ...
... its stance after the publication of the so-called Chilcot Report, a British inquiry into the Iraq war which found the U.K. had not considered all other options before joining the 2003 U.S.
Meanwhile, Kirkuk's police directorate announced on Tuesday that security forces had arrested a cousin of slain Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein in connection with a terrorist assault on the city of Kirkuk last week. Iraqi security forces arrest Nizar ...
He also spoke in detail "legacy hotspots", including the flop NANO as well as issues with the steel and mobility businesses.

A CLOSE relative of Saddam Hussein who was involved in last week's terrorist attack on Kirkuk has been arrested. Kirkuk police confirmed yesterday that IS militant, Nasar Hamoud Abdulghani, the Iraqi dictator's cousin, was captured following the ...
The Saddam Hussein jokes feel a bit jarring, and as usual everything surrounding Mr. Garrison is a bit extreme. However, South Park: Bigger, Longer, & Uncut still remains a wonderfully constructed, smart, and tasteless comedy gem that will make you ...
Arabs complain that Kurds have since flooded to Kirkuk to tilt the demographic balance, while Kurds say they are simply redressing historic wrongs perpetrated by Saddam Hussein, the Sunni Arab leader toppled by the United States in 2003. Saddam's ...
Saddam Hussein, the Taliban, and later Muammar Qaddafi all fell from power with American military might as the catalyst of their demise.
That quick victory over Iraqi autocrat Saddam Hussein's forces in Kuwait was celebrated by many hawks as the end of the Vietnam-induced malaise.
How Did ISIS Start? ISIS as it exists today began in Iraq shortly after the 2003 U.S. invasion. The fall of Saddam Hussein was crucial to the group's formation.
Remember the election when Democrats said we should leave Iraq and go to Afghanistan. President Bush said Iraq would be in big trouble if we left.
2004: Several hundred tons of conventional explosives are missing from a former Iraqi military facility that once played a key role in Saddam Hussein's efforts to build a nuclear bomb, the UN nuclear agency confirms. 2005: election officials in Baghdad ...
Lisa Blaydes, an associate professor of political science at Stanford University, gave a talk about the types of resistance and compliance that took place in Iraq during the regime of Saddam Hussein at the Von Kleinsmid Center on Monday afternoon.
The event commemorates a central moment in the Sunni-Shiite divide and was largely restricted during the rule of Saddam Hussein, who saw the massive physical mobilization of Shiites as an implicit threat to his regime. Since Saddam's fall ...
Green, who has written a memoir about a night he spent at the bedside of Saddam Hussein after the former Iraqi leader's capture in 2003, declined to specify how much money he has invested in Diatach other than that "it's no huge amount.
The fourth advertisement alleged that Trump praised the dictator Saddam Hussein and Vladimir Putin. "He praises Saddam Hussein, who gassed his own people including women and children. He praises Vladimir Putin, who's killed his political opponents," ...
The campaign aimed at crushing ISIS' base in Iraq may turn out to be the largest battle since a 2003 U.S. invasion toppled dictator Saddam Hussein and triggered years of chaos and turmoil. Some 1.5 million people are thought to still be in Mosul, Iraq ...
The city made headlines in 1988, when, towards the end of the war with Iran, Iraq's former dictator Saddam Hussein unleashed a chemical attack against its largely Kurdish population.
Trump "praised dictators Saddam Hussein and Moammar Qaddafi, and ... said China was too soft on dissidents," Rubio noted.
A social ill is stalking Iraq. hiding in narrow streets and poisoning the minds of the youth, this social ill is so serious it requires concerted action by the politicians of Iraq.
Gambling on horseracing was banned during the regime of Saddam Hussein but is thriving once again following his fall. In fact, the Baghdad Equestrian Club held their first race just ten days after the bombing during the invasion of Iraq.
Sheikh Khalifa bin Hamad al-Thani, who as the emir of Qatar for 23 years oversaw its independence from Britain and the rapid modernization of its economy, died on Sunday.
Mr. Bush and his father focused on Saddam Hussein's Iraq. Mr. Obama certainly inherited a messy situation in the region with the war in Iraq.
Under Saddam Hussein, they were free to worship, and were protected in doing so, but they were not able to do anything as people of faith outside their building.
The fourth advertisement alleged that Trump praised the dictator Saddam Hussein and Vladimir Putin. "He praises Saddam Hussein, who gassed his own people including women and children. He praises Vladimir Putin, who's killed his political opponents," ...
On top of the above, he thinks Saddam Hussein should have stayed in power in Iraq. He did not pay taxes he did not owe. He said the inner cities in this country are hell holes.
Following the 2003 US-led invasion, the toppling of Saddam Hussein and the looting and sectarian violence that ensued, Zaynab became involved in the formation of a democratic local government.
Following the 2003 US-led invasion, the toppling of Saddam Hussein and the looting and sectarian violence that ensued, Zaynab became involved in the formation of a democratic local government.
Syria and former Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein gave chemical weapons to the Sudanese government, according to Abdul Wahid. The Sudanese government has rejected Amnesty's report with President Bashir accusing the rights group of spreading "empty ...
The U.S. military said last year that an airstrike killed an ISIS chemical weapons expert known as Abu Malik, who was also a chemical weapons engineer at Saddam Hussein's Muthana chemical weapons production facility. The ISIS-made mustard agent is ...
Six Royal Military Policemen were executed by ringleaders of a baying mob in Majar al-Kabir, near Basra, southern Iraq, in June 2003, weeks after Saddam Hussein was toppled. Some of their bodies were riddled with bullets while others had marks ...
All sorts of lies were told about Gaddafi and Libya, just as lies were told about Saddam Hussein and are told today about Syria and Russia.
Shamsadin was born in 1979, the year of Saddam Hussein's ascent to power, and attended the military academy in Kurdistan.
On the bottom: A "double-revolution staircase," constructed of white marble with a mother-of-pearl overlay, in one of the three reception palaces at Saddam Hussein's presidential compound in his hometown of Tikrit. (Note the third, uppermost staircase ...
On the bottom: A "double-revolution staircase," constructed of white marble with a mother-of-pearl overlay, in one of the three reception palaces at Saddam Hussein's presidential compound in his hometown of Tikrit. (Note the third, uppermost staircase ...
The deputy of former Iraqi president Saddam Hussein has acknowledged that invading Kuwait in 1990 was a "mistake" and apologised to its leadership and people, AlKhaleejonline.
Iraq's Saddam Hussein's giant statue falls. It is brought down with a rope hanging from his neck. For some it all ends there.


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U.S. documents published in today's Saddam Hussein Sourcebook quote Secretary of State Henry Kissinger in 1975 telling the Iraqi foreign minister "we do not think there is a basic clash of national interests between Iraq and the United States" (the Iraqi disagreed), and that Israeli influence on U.S. policy would diminish given "our new electoral law" which means "the influence of some who financed the elections before isn't so great."

The newly declassified briefing notes for special envoy Donald Rumsfeld's second trip to Baghdad in March 1984 reveal Rumsfeld's instructions to reinforce the message of U.S. interest in improved relations "at a pace of Iraq's own choosing," and to emphasize that U.S. criticism of Saddam's chemical weapons use versus Iran was not meant as a pro-Iranian or anti-Iraq gesture. Saturday, December 20, marks the 20th anniversary of Rumsfeld's famous handshake meeting with Saddam Hussein in Baghdad.
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