– 1959: After failed attempt upon life
of Iraqi President General Qassim,
Saddam flees to Egypt.
– In Cairo, Hussein repeatedly visits the
US Embassy, and meets with CIA agents
interested in the downfall of the Qassim
Government – PBS Frontline
– Upon his return to Iraq, the CIA installs
Hussein in an apartment on al-Rashid St.,
directly opposite Qassim’s office in Iraq’s
Ministry of Defense, to observe his
movements. – UPI
– 1963: President Qassim is assassinated
in the first Ba’athist coup. The United States
is among the first nations to recognize the
new government, and arms shipments begin
– The next five years bring two more CIA-backed
Ba’athist coups. Under their regimes, Western
business interests, such as Mobil, Bechtel and
British Petroleum begin operations in Iraq.
– 1968: The final Ba’athist coup brings Ahmad
Hassan Al Bakr to power, who places his cousin,
Saddam Hussein in charge of the state security
– 1979: CIA asset, Saddam Hussein seizes power
in a palace coup – afterwards, he liquidates all
political opponents within the Iraqi Ba’ath party.
– 1980: The incoming Reagan administration,
seeing the Islamic revolution in Iran as a threat,
encourages the subsequent Iraqi invasion of Iran,
with promises of arms, money and intelligence.
– In addition to billions of dollars in arms, the
Reagan Administration provides the Iraqi Regime
with chemical and biological weapons.
– One year after Iraq uses US-supplied chemical
weapons against Iranian troops, the Reagan
Administration resumes normal diplomatic relations
with Iraq, and removes it from the list of countries
that support terrorism [picture of Donald Rumsfeld
greeting Saddam Hussein].
– The Iran/Iraq War stretches on for 8 years, claims
over a million lives and bankrupts Iraq.
– 1988: After the war ends, Iraq’s erstwhile ally,
Kuwait floods the world oil market, lowering oil
– This undercuts Iraq’s efforts to rebuild its
war-ravaged economy and infrastructure.
– After Hussein’s pleas fall on deaf ears, he begins
to consider military action against Kuwait.
– When he informs the US about his plans to invade
Kuwait, US Ambassador, April Glaspie tells him: “We
(The United States) have no opinion on your border
dispute with Kuwait. James Baker (then Secretary of
State) has instructed our spokesmen to EMPHASIZE
– Given this green light to invade Kuwait, Saddam
Hussein does so.
– The Bush Administration immediately renegs on
its assurances, and begins preparations for war.
– Iraqi offers to withdraw from Kuwait, in exchange
for convening a Middle East peace summit are ignored.
– The rest is history…
– September 11, 2001: Al-qaeda terrorists launch
a coordinated attack on the World Trade Centers
and the Pentagon
– Using these attacks as a pretext, the Bush
Administration launches a second war against
Hussein’s Iraq – Even though there are no links
between Iraq and the terrorists who executed the
– In this invasion, hundreds of Americans and
thousands of Iraqi civilians die.
– December 13, 2003: 40-year veteran CIA-asset,
Saddam Hussein is handed over to US occupation
forces by an undisclosed Iraqi group.
– Ladies and Gentlemen, we’ve always had him.
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