Bush & the Gulf War

So how did the first post-Cold War crisis go?  Operation Desert Sheild & Storm buried the Vietnam syndrome, for some, forever in the sand of the Middle East.

What about Operation Serbia?  There was no operation Serbia?  Why not?  Serbia is engaged in the worst battle that Europe has seen sine the Nazis and Bush sends “a little food”.  What’s up with that? Kuwait gets more military hardware/manpower than was devoted to Vietnam A&B claim and Croatia and Bosnia, defending themselves against Serbia get squat.  Why?

Bush does have a banner day in terms of his popularity.  90%.  The highest ever recorded, even higher than Jr’s after 9/11 I  think (but I’d have to look that up/maybe you can) this despite the fact the we had helped arm Saddam Hussein, even helped him begin to develop a nuclear weapons program back in the 1980s, when we were also (secretly) helping Iran, who he was at war with.

Finally, as opposed to Fukuyama, A&B see the future rather darkly I think as ideology gives way to struggles over nationalism (this is what is behind the Serbia story) which they call THE great cause of instability, poverty and disorder in the world.

3 Responses to “Bush & the Gulf War”

  1. Alec Kwiatkowski says:

    I’ve always been vague about the Gulf War, and this chapter helped clear up some of the confusion. What really struck me were the 80 Iraqi planes which flew to Iran. Ambrose says that the pilots were interned and the planes “impounded” If the pilots faced such consequences(?) then why fly to Iran? The focus on Iraq and Kuwait seems to overshadow Iran’s involvement; did Iran have an official stance to the Gulf War?

    Regardless, very interesting chapter. Hussein was still terrible :(

  2. Nick Lee says:

    It’s interesting how Bush focused much more on the Gulf War rather than the Eastern European conflict. I think this is because Bush had an incentive to solve the problem in the Middle East; the rising price of oil. Then, Bush tries to gain the upper hand against Hussein’s arguments by comparing him to Hitler which, according to Ambrose, was a surefire way of creating opposition to Hussein. Also, I agree with Ambrose when he states that nationalism, and idealism, will always be a constant factor in wars and fights. After all, who wouldn’t want to defend their opinion when facing opposition?

  3. Mindy Powers says:

    I think my only confusion with the chapter, and its probably just my over-exhausted brain not putting everything together was Bush comparing Saddam Hussein to Hitler, which I can understand, but why this comparison automatically makes everyone assume the US would adopt a policy of unconditional surrender against Iraq is what has me slightly comfused. World War II and the Gulf War were two completely different conflicts, in different regions, with different motives for gegting involved. I can understand the comparison, but just because I compare alligators and crocodiles doesn’t mean they’re the same thing and that they are going do the same thing in the same or in different situations (sorry for the crappy analogy, it was all I could come up with). Just because Bush compared Hussein to Hitler didn’t mean he was going to repeat the same steps and mistakes that occurred during WWII. Different people, different plans. Interesting chapter though!!

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