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The Bush Administrations Relation With Iraq Prior to Iraqs invasion of Kuwait Credibility and Misperception Prior to the August 2 1990 invasion of Kuwait on the part of Iraq the United States had questionable relations with Iraq dictator Saddam Hussein to say the least In retrospect which is inherently advantageous as a 2020 perspective questions remain unanswered as to whether or not the United States was too appeasing to Saddam Hussein in the years months and days leading up to that early August morning There remains to this day lingering questions as to the role that the US Ambassador to Iraq April Glaspie played in conveying the Administrations message to the Iraqi leader In addition questions surrounding the Administrators official policy the calculations or miscalculations on the part of the State Department and other agencies within the US government the Administrations covert plan to aid an Italian bank in illegal loans to benefit Saddams military and the advice that the US received from other Arab nations with respect to what US relations should be with Iraq in terms of any impending border dispute constitute a limited context of the issues that faced the Administration as it tried to deal with the leader of the largest economy of the Persian Gulf region The Bush Administrations relations with Iraq prior to its invasion of Kuwait were clouded in a context of misperception by both states and further complicated by a lack of credibility on the part of key actors of both sides as well This tragic sequence of events that led to the invasion of Kuwait cannot solely be attributed to personality traits or even actions by key individuals within the Administration In retrospect it is much more complex than that However the actions and public and private statements on the part of key personnel on both sides most likely contributed to the eventual invasion of Kuwait by Iraq in
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