It is called the Cheney Doctrine. Bush was naive. And Arabs loved to point out how wrong he was; what a mess he made; condone the Islamic Terror; and angrily protest "death to America" on the Arab streets at the drop of hat. These Regimes were previously thought to be rock solid stable! Qaadafi had 8 children who were to follow his dynasty.
And oil wealth that was limitless. Same with Mubarak. And Ben Ali. The Fall of Saddam Hussein in Iraq influenced every single dictator in the region. Saddam was the first--it took a decade--but the other dominoes fell.
Here is a 'radical thought': Perhaps history will prove Bush was right? Who is going to make this happen?? And how?? Are you talking about "regime change" or "outright conquest"?? Al-Qaeda linked groups are wreaking havoc in Iraq. Deaths are being reported on an almost daily basis as a result of their ever-innovative killing tactics.
Worsening sectarian tensions are fuelling the rise of militant violence, a crisis that has been brewing in the country for years. The US-led Iraq war, whose impact devastated Iraqi society, must be given emphasis in any analysis a decade after the event. The US war which extended from to , included a devastating blockade and ended with a brutal invasion.
These wars were as unprincipled as they were violent. You have a pretty strange reading of the article. The first half or so is spent talking about how poorly treated the Shias were before the fall of Saddam. Although they highlight all the obvious problems with Al Maliki, it also says, in effect, he's probably the best the country can hope for at this point. Also, to suggest Iraq has a better economy than Britain because it has a higher growth rate is ridiculous.
First off, it's only growing that fast because it was such a basket case before, second off the growth and the economy in general is almost completely based off of oil extraction and third, despite despite having those massive oil deposits still has pockets of extreme poverty. It is not your absolute wealth, rather it is the relative wealth compared to your peers that makes you happy. I would agree with Syrian war and Egyptian barricades, the Arab world is the most unstable state in decades. But I would argue that the Arab world is in the midst of an acute revolution that takes time to temper.
The best of the new regimes will stabilize in 10 years IT will arrive in a better state. Remember the French Revolution was not over in a week or a month or a year. What a huge waste of words.
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The Americans are gone now and looking at the past and seeking to place blame on those no longer present is exactly the wrong thing to do. The Iraqi people have to choose peace or conflict, they will arrive at a purely self enacted solution. It is imperative that the Iranian regime gets taken care of ASAP, as its their obvious interest to destabilize any country in the Arab world where they can get any kind of influence. The fall of the pro-Iranian Assad dynasty in Syria may be offering such an opportunity.
Although the last service member left about 15 months ago, does not excuse the killing and bickering of religious tribes and neighborhood division. The Economist would do well to reflect on its support for the disastrous sequence of events sanctions that killed half a million children, a bloody war, a disastrous occupation that led Iraq to its present situation, i.
But unfortunatly, the Economist doesn't seem to have learned a thing; it is still relentlessly beating the war-drums over Iran and Syria, which have the potential to grow into even greater catastrophes. I've often wondered if this subservience to US imperialism isn't caused by a dependence on the US market. I'd also be interested to know how many of its journalists are in fact Americans.
No need for military conquest. The necessary regime change in Iran could happen quickly and easily in view of the fact that the Iranians are not particularly fond of their present leaders, to say the least. Even the Iranian military's loyalty to the regime is so much in doubt that the Iranian Revolutionary Guard is in fact a parallel military organization that even operates its own navy.
One of that organization's primary tasks is to prevent dissent in the Iranian military. The other two missions are to promote terror worldwide, and to enrich its members, especially its leaders. Remember that the USSR seemed almighty and eternal just a few months before it collapsed naturally, without an external intervention.
Saddam Hussein's military power was thought to be formidable before it quickly evaporated twice. Totalitarian regimes are not necessarily strong, and don't benefit from true and wide popular support. In most cases they are weak, and rule by force, intimidation, lies, and the extensive use of their secret police. This is exactly the case with the Iranian regime. But the Iranians themselves know better. The sanctions were built upon a program called Oil for Food, which basically allowed Saddam to sell his oil for food and medicine for his population.
He purposefully starved his population of food and healthcare in order to make the UN sanctions look terrible, and he was successful in doing this. Sanctions were put in place, as well as no fly zones, in order to suppress his psychotic and sadistic tendencies; what else do you suggest, an invasion?
Ever heard of Saddam Hussein's genocidal campaign against the Kurds in which he used chemical weapons on over villages, ever heard of his multi-million dollar palaces scattered all over Iraq? Ever heard about his systematic, country-wide torture program? Ever heard about his war against Iran which saw over 1 million people killed in combat?
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Ever been to Iraq? During the next decade, Saddam Hussein frequently violated the terms of the peace agreement, prompting further allied air strikes and continuing U. In the Persian Gulf War , American soldiers were killed and wounded. The other allied nations suffered about deaths combined during Operation Desert Storm. There are no official figures for the number of Iraqi casualties, but it is believed that at least 25, soldiers were killed and more than 75, were wounded, making it one of the most one-sided military conflicts in history.
It is estimated that , Iraqi civilians died from wounds or from lack of adequate water, food, and medical supplies directly attributable to the Persian Gulf War. In the ensuing years, more than one million Iraqi civilians have died as a result of the subsequent U. But if you see something that doesn't look right, click here to contact us! Harding dies of a stroke at the age of Harding was returning from a presidential tour of Alaska and the West Coast, a journey some believed he had embarked on to escape the rumors circulating in Washington of corruption in his On this day in , Jackie Joyner-Kersee becomes the first woman ever to win two consecutive Olympic gold medals in the heptathlon.
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Delta Flight left Fort Sign up now to learn about This Day in History straight from your inbox. The Iraqi government also argued that the Kuwaiti Emir was a highly unpopular figure among the Kuwaiti populace. By overthrowing the Emir, Iraq claimed that it granted Kuwaitis greater economic and political freedom.
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For this reason, its borders with the rest of Basra province were never clearly defined or mutually agreed. On 25 July , April Glaspie , the U. The American ambassador declared to her Iraqi interlocutor that Washington, "inspired by the friendship and not by confrontation, does not have an opinion" on the disagreement between Kuwait and Iraq, stating "we have no opinion on the Arab—Arab conflicts".
Glaspie also indicated to Saddam Hussein that the United States did not intend "to start an economic war against Iraq". These statements may have caused Saddam to believe he had received a diplomatic green light from the United States to invade Kuwait. According to Richard E. Rubenstein , Glaspie was later asked by British journalists why she had said that, her response was "we didn't think he would go that far" meaning invade and annex the whole country.
Although no follow-up question was asked, it can be inferred that what the U. The main thrust was conducted by the commandos deployed by helicopters and boats to attack Kuwait City see Battle of Dasman Palace , while the other divisions seized the airports and two airbases. In support of these units, the Iraqi Army deployed a squadron of Mil Mi helicopter gunships , several units of Mi-8 and Mi transport helicopters, as well as a squadron of Bell helicopters. The foremost mission of the helicopter units was to transport and support Iraqi commandos into Kuwait City, and subsequently to support the advance of ground troops.
Meanwhile, certain targets in the capital of Kuwait City were bombed by Iraqi aircraft. Despite months of Iraqi sabre-rattling , Kuwait did not have its forces on alert and was caught unaware. The first indication of the Iraqi ground advance was from a radar -equipped aerostat that detected an Iraqi armour column moving south. Of the small Kuwaiti Navy , two missile boats were able to evade capture or destruction. An air battle with the Iraqi helicopter airborne forces was fought over Kuwait City, inflicting heavy losses on the Iraqi elite troops [ citation needed ] , and a few combat sorties were flown against Iraqi ground forces.
While these aircraft were not used in support of the subsequent Gulf War, the "Free Kuwait Air Force" assisted Saudi Arabia in patrolling the southern border with Yemen , which was considered a threat by the Saudi Arabians because of Yemen—Iraq ties. The Kuwaiti Emiri Guard, supported by local police and Chieftain tanks and a Platoon of Saladin armoured cars managed to repel an airborne assault by Iraqi special forces, but the Palace fell after a landing by Iraqi marines Dasman Palace is located on the coast.
The Kuwaiti National Guard , as well as additional Emiri Guards arrived, but the palace remained occupied, and Republican Guard tanks rolled into Kuwait City after several hours of heavy fighting. His younger half brother , Sheikh Fahad Al-Ahmed Al-Jaber Al-Sabah , was shot and killed by invading Iraqi forces as he attempted to defend Dasman Palace after which his body was placed in front of a tank and run over, according to an Iraqi soldier who was present and deserted after the assault.
Towards the end of the first day of the invasion, only pockets of resistance were left in the country. By 3 August, the last military units were desperately fighting delaying actions at choke points and other defensible positions throughout the country until out of ammunition or overrun by Iraqi forces.
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Ali al-Salem Air Base of the Kuwaiti Air Force was the only base still unoccupied on 3 August, and Kuwaiti aircraft flew resupply missions from Saudi Arabia throughout the day in an effort to mount a defense. From then on it was only a matter of time until all units of the Kuwaiti Military were forced to retreat or be overrun. Kuwaitis founded a local armed resistance movement following the Iraqi occupation of Kuwait.
The Kuwaiti resistance's casualty rate far exceeded that of the coalition military forces and Western hostages.