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Brandi Brewer Com 239 Summer I It was August 21990 in an effort to make his country whole again that Saddam Hussein invaded Kuwait Kuwait is a small country and within four hours he controlled not only the region but also 24 of the worlds oil supplies It seemed as if his next target was Saudi Arabia This was the exigent that the United States used to get involved in the affair Under the claim that Saudi Arabia had asked for their assistance the US set a deadline of January 15 1991 demanding all Iraq forces out of Kuwait We were told that Saddam Hussein ignored the warning which triggered Desert Shield or the build-up of troops in the region and eventually led to Desert Storm an all-out attack to free Kuwait It wasnt just the US who got involved however According to the Desert Storm web site the Bush Administration involved the UN in an effort to bypass Congress Constitutionally they are the only ones who can declare war be it foreign or domestic in the United States Congress would eventually be involved but the result was 28 countries standing against Iraq and its population of 17 million On the US home front was an economic recession This according to the St Louis Post Dispatch was a primary reason for their willingness to free Kuwait But there where others as well Those reasons included jobs for Americans a determination to nip aggression in the bud and not allow it to grow as Nazism did through appeasement and a need to guarantee the flow of oil at reasonable prices from the worlds largest known reserves St Louis Post-Dispatch January 2 1991 Wednesday Five Star Edition The issue of declaring war was highly contested by the American people however which lead to three days of nationally televised congressional debates on January 10-12 When the votes
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