The US was terrified Iran could topple Saddam Hussein and/or get to oil fields in Kuwait and Saudi Arabia.
By the middle of 1982, the United States abandoned any pretense of neutrality — openly backing Saddam Hussein and Iraq.
US ambassador to Iraq (April Gillespie) under George Bush senior states “the US does not have an opinion” and tells Hussein the US has no intention of an economic war.
Hussein takes it as a green light and invades Kuwait.
The US gives Saddam Hussein a deadline to withdraw from Kuwait by January 15, 1991, or Iraq will face a war with the United States.
The war will last until February 28, 1991.
Meanwhile, CIA ran an indirect campaign (1992-1995) of bombings aimed at toppling Saddam. It failed.
October 1998: the US institutionalizes regime change as a policy goal with the “Iraq Liberation Act.”
George Bush senior abandoned thousands to the slaughter.
2003: George W. Bush sweeps in with bullshit “intelligence” (cooked up for false pretenses) and starts the real dirty work...the kind that gave us ISIS: in Iraq, Syria, and beyond.
May 1, 2003: Bush gives his infamous “Mission Accomplished” speech, declaring “major combat operations have ended. In the battle of Iraq, the United States and our allies have prevailed.”
The insurgency was just beginning.
“Mission Accomplished” indeed.
3 years after George W. Bush declared “Mission Accomplished,” the groundwork for ISIS’ eventual rise in Iraq is ready for takeoff.
President Obama comes to power on a platform that promises drawing down troops in Iraq, and “ending” (read: renaming) the “Global War on Terror.”
2012: attacks continue. Iraqi PM Nouri al-Maliki begins to resemble, for many Iraqis, a Shia version of Saddam Hussein: the old system, inverted.
April 23, 2013: the army raids a protest camp in Hawija, killing scores of civilians. By April 27, some 300+ die.
Hawija is the worst violence since US’ 2011 withdrawal.
Tacit message: another “green light.”
Hawija slaughter sets the stage for ISIS’ seeming legitimacy to previously peaceful Sunnis agitating for democratic change.
Bottom line: you can’t trust the US.
Remember Obama’s “red line” warning to Bashar al-Asad?
More of the same, my friends. More of the same.
This is bipartisan geopolitical fuckery. Trump & Obama inherited messes from Reagan & the Bushes.
They’re all guilty.
Bipartisan “Mission Accomplished.”
Like rain on your wedding day. #Ironic