Sunday, August 07, 2005

Myth Debunked: 1990 Gulf War and the US

Its been 15 years already and we still hear many anti-war doves and Arab Nationalists circulating the claim that the US gave Saddam Hussein the so-called "green light" to invade Kuwait through US ambassador to Iraq April Gillespie.

Well, straight from the horse's mouth we learn that this was all bullsh*t.

Tariq Aziz:
"Aziz was asked by his American interrogators about if the American ambassador in Baghdad encouraged Saddam or gave him the "green light" to invade Kuwait back in 1990, Aziz answered with "NO" and said that this was merely a rumor and this is according to his lawyer who gave an interview to the Iraqi paper Al-Mashriq."

(Hat Tip: Iraq the Model)


At Sunday, 07 August, 2005, Blogger Scott A. said...

Uh yeah that makes complete sense. The US would encourage a nation to take a course of action, and then send its soldiers into harm's way (and some to their deaths). Mind you, it's the same rationale that some use to say that the 9/11 attacks were engineered by the US government, not al-Qaeda thugs.

At Monday, 08 August, 2005, Blogger The Arabian Knight said...

Believe it or not, those conspiracy theories are quite popular in the Arab World!

At Monday, 08 August, 2005, Blogger KNL said...

I never understood where that idea came from, why would the US attack Iraq if it "oked" the invasion? For fun!?


At Tuesday, 09 August, 2005, Blogger Mark Francis said...

The idea came in part from the ambassador herself, actually. When Sadam asked her about what the US would do in reaction, her comment -- according to her -- was "we have no opinion on the Arab-Arab conflicts, like your border disagreement with Kuwait."

In diplomacy speak this means 'we don't care.'

However, she was talking about the border issues Iraq had with Kuwait, not what the US would think about Iraq invading _all_ of Kuwait.

I think this was published at the time (1990) in the New York Times, with the (former) ambassador herself as the source.

It is indeed incorrect for someone to spin this into the 'green light' conspiracy theory, but it is spin based on some truth.

At Tuesday, 09 August, 2005, Blogger KNL said...

That sounds like a pretty bad diplomat right there...heh


At Tuesday, 09 August, 2005, Blogger Solomon2 said...

Do you really mean to tell me that Arabs took this claim seriously for the past fifteen years? Why did anyone believe in it in the first place? Why would Aziz' "confession" quell such nonsense beliefs, anyway?

At Sunday, 14 August, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...


Why do you think we (Americans) refer to the US State Department as "foggy bottom"? They are pretty much all inept/dangerous idiots.

Our diplomats (and those of just about any other country) are primarily concerned with running up expense accounts, "living large" on the public's dime, and doing a lot of non-specific heel rocking waffling when any real work needs to be accomplished.

IOW - they are basically parasites who like to party and often do more damage than good.

It would be a grave error to mistake them for ordinary Americans.

At Monday, 15 August, 2005, Blogger KNL said...

Well I'm Arab-American, I always thought "foggy bottom" was because they built it on a swamp and the fog gathered around it as such. ;)


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