Ten years later, United States officials were reminded of the Doctrine as signs of an Iraqi invasion of Kuwait by Saddam Hussein began to appear. With a portion of the world’s oil of eleven percent, this invasion would add another nine percent. Not only was this dangerous but if Iraq continued a southern advance, he would gain the oil of Saudi Arabia. Saddam could possibly control forty-six percent of the world’s oil supply and manipulate the global economy (Richie, 25). On July 17, 1990, photos from a KH-11 spy satellite showed that Iraqi military equipment was being positioned near the Kuwait border .General Colin Powell was not concerned with this advancement because the lineup did not include necessary equipment such as fuel trucks and artillery that would be needed for an invasion.
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(BBC, Kuwait Invasion 2 August 1990).” Another reason is that Saddam had actually did a surprised attack proved by Kennedy Hickman, The main reason Saddam Hussein felt justified in invading Kuwait was because Kuwait’s effects on oil prices were impacting the economy of his country. This was unacceptable to Hussein and his people. From Laurie Collier we learn that “They p... ... middle of paper ... ...ssein, Saddam." Encyclopedia.com. HighBeam Research, 2 Sept. 1990.
The Iraqi leaders have always considered Kuwait to be part of Iraq because of the way it used to be a long time ago. Second, the country of Kuwait is full of oil. I am sure that was the main reason why Saddam invaded Kuwait. Lastly, Kuwait wanted complete sovereignty from Iraq, and Saddam was not ready to give them that. I think it is really ironic how the United States government was helping Iraq by giving them money, while Iraq was in war with Iran.
Iraq Invasion of Kuwait vs U.S Iraq War Iraq and Kuwait have a long history; Kuwait played a huge part in the Iran-Iraq war, mostly financially. Open warfare began on September 22, 1980; Iraq claimed Iran shelled a number of border posts on September 4, 1980. Kuwait funded Iraq during the Iraq-Iran war, which caused tension between the two nations when Iraq couldn’t pay the $14 billion dollars back to Kuwait when it was time to settle their debt. The Iraqi government asked Kuwait to forgive the debt, as they could not afford to pay, Kuwait refused to forgive the debt, which increased tensions between the two nations. The United States supported Kuwait when Iraq invaded Kuwait.
Proficiency of people before and after war The current civilization in most countries across the world has brought with it a number of challenges. The fact that most countries nowadays operate as sovereign states implies that there will always be some instances where these countries will strongly disagree on global issues affecting them (Abidi and Singh 12). As such, whether justified or not, there will always be wars and physical confrontations between disagreeing sovereign states. When such wars occur, affected countries usually divert their attention and useful resources to combating the enemy in the effort of protecting their sovereign pride. In doing so, they expose their citizens to post war consequences that greatly affect their lives.
In regards to the Gulf War, the national policy objective Saddam Hussein overstepped was, he violated the freedom and democracy of the Kuwait people by invading their nation-state. Others include, preserving the independence of Saudi Arabia, a friendly relation, and to prevent Hussein's nuclear capabilities. For the Soviet Union the decision to allay itself with the United Nation force was economic. "If Saddam Hussein, by his rash act, were permitted to throttle the world economy by driving oil prices higher, inflation would quickly rise and the world economy- not just that of the United States and Europe- would tumble into a deep recession" hurting the Sov... ... middle of paper ... ...ITED Fishcer, Dean, et al. "Fighting a Battle by the Book" Time 25 Feb. 1991: 34+.
Also I believe that the politicians who sent the troops into war do not want to take responsibility for their actions. We helped Iraq injure some of our troops. In the Iraqgate scandal we aided Saddam in beating the Iranians by selling them strains of chemical agents. In turn with these strains the Iraqis could grow their own chemical agents (Fischer 203). With the ability of to make chemical agents, they could load the agent in weapons and use them against American troops, thus the problem of Gulf War Syndrome in the troops arise.
Gulf War I. Introduction - Why did a coalition of over 30 nations find it was necessary to go to war to help Kuwait after it was invaded by Iraq? How did the coalition defeat the Iraqis? And although the coalition won there were many consequences to face when the war ended. II.
Among allies, especially among threatened allies, the ultimate military test was: will you show up when you say you will? In the post-cold war world, there is only one superpower. Like it or not, Superpower action or inaction when aggression occurs does set the tone for behavior. On August 2,1990 the Iraqi Dictator Saddam Hussein gambled that the Saudis and the rest of the world would tremble, and ignore the tiny emirate of Kuwait that had just been invaded. Saddam reasoned that the fragile Arab relations with the west (United States), weak Gulf Arab armies, the existence of Israel, and his own armies' power would reduce resistance to political howls.