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CNN Cable News Network played a tremendous role in the Persian Gulf War The Persian Gulf War began on August 2 1990 when Iraqi forces invaded and occupied Kuwait which Iraq long claimed The war progressed into an armed conflict between Iraq and a coalition of 32 nations including the United States Britain Egypt France and Saudi Arabia Iraqi president Saddam Hussein declared that the invasion was a response to overproduction of oil in Kuwait which had cost Iraq over 14 million when oil prices fell Saddam Hussein also accused Kuwait of illegally pumping oil from Iraqs Rumaila oil field CNN was there from the start covering the story Some of the most powerful leaders in the world depended on the up to date information CNN had displayed for the world Among some of the leaders watching were the president of the United States George Bush and Saddam Hussein Bush reportedly said People tell me that he Saddam Hussien stays glued to CNN CNN was always live and played raw and uncut footage which was rare for most news stations around the world The major news stations at that time were ABC NBC CBS and BBC which had perhaps a 6 oclock news hour CNN was a 24 hour news station Many government officials watched CNN as well Generals Colin Powell and Norman Schwarzkopf knew the power that the media had in terms of populist propaganda and set about using CNN as their main tool Like nearly everyone else in the pentagon Jerry Peschka fleet operations director for the military sea ship command in Washington has stated that he felt naked without CNN He had a television that didnt have cable so he ordered a public affairs officer to buy some copper insulated wire so he could wire the television to a command post which had cable Thats how important CNN was to the
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