America's War with Saddam
In August of 1990, the cancerous cost of America's past sins slipped out of its nest and invaded its neighbor, Kuwait. During the 1980's the United States had turned a blind eye to the world's support of Saddam in his invasion and subsequent war with Iran. Hussein was to serve as a proxy fighter for the U.S. against Iran. The weight of the Vietnam War still prevented sustained American military action abroad, and when Saddam needed to know when Iran was about to attack, the U.S. happily sent him satellite photos to prepare stronger defenses. At the same time, the U.S. was arming Iran via the Iran-Contra Scandal, but the strategy of encouraging tyrannical regimes to bleed each other white was running out. After millions had died in America's proxy fight, Saddam's debts forced him to invade Kuwait and gain the oil needed to repay Europe and the Soviets. their hands of Iraq, and had to endure little more than the nightly news 2-3 minute reminders. Despite the massive death toll in Iraq, for Americans, the period between Operation Desert Storm and Operation Iraqi Freedom was ignored. Everyone heard about the infamous Gulf War Syndrome, its 300,000+ cases, and even the 11,000+ Americans who died from their service in Operation Desert Storm, but with little if any attention was paid by the Average westerner. In the eyes of Saddam, the average Iraqi, and in the pages of history, the two Gulf Wars are but one event. From the invasion of Kuwait through his final defeat in Operation Iraqi Freedom, this is the complete story of America's War With Saddam.
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