Operation Dessert Storm and Other Examples of US Political Decisions

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In 1991, Saddam Hussein decided to declare massive aggression on the countries bordering Iraq. The most affected country was Kuwait. Due to the nature of their ties with the United States, Iraq had a well organized and equipped army that was capable of causing massive instability in Kuwait. The United States could not let this happen because of the importance of Kuwait to the US. Kuwait and the US were heavily involved in the oil business with Kuwait being one of the biggest oil suppliers in the world to the US. The aggression by Saddam Hussein to Kuwait was also a major threat to other Arab nations in the region that had formed trade ties with the US. The involvement of the US in this aggression became the first major predicament that President Bush faced regarding foreign policies and relations. The US could not allow Saddam to take over the Arab nations as that would pose a major threat to the supply of oil to the US. In addition, Iraq would have control over 20% of the world’s major oil supplies in the world. As a result President Bush responded to the Iraq despot’s power play with Kuwait to mobilize a global coalition with Arab nations in “Operation Desert Storm” that repelled Saddam Hussein’s aggression in 1991 (Crab and Mulcahy 255). The involvement of the US through Operation Desert Storm ensured that Saddam Hussein’s dictatorship in Iraq would be limited to Iraq. It was also aimed at ensuring that the welfare of the Arab nations was being taken care of. This operation saw the release of over 400 000 military troops in Saudi Arabia. Through the United Nations Security Council, the US was able to seek support from other countries in order to enhance effective policy formulation to keep Saddam Hussein’s aggression at bay. ... ... middle of paper ... ...o be a global leader, it has its share of internal issues especially in the government. Recently, the Obama administration has faced difficulties in passing the Obama Health Care plan because of the obstacles brought about by the Republicans in the Congress. Other internal affairs have also rocked the government especially with the financial recession in the world. However, the manner in which the government has dealt with these internal affairs has shown the maturity and growth in leadership that the country has been able to adopt throughout the years (Nye 91). In summary, the level of maturity, growth, and democracy that the US government has shown has reflected the beliefs and values of the people of the country. This is a result of the rich and successful history of American policy position that has been effectively managed by the constitution of the country.

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