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Profile: George Herbert Walker Bush


Positions that George Herbert Walker Bush has held:

  • US President




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George Herbert Walker Bush actively participated in the following events:


1986      US support of Iraq WMD

       US President Ronald Reagan sends a secret message to Saddam Hussein recommending that he order his military to intensify its air attacks against Iran. The message is delivered by Vice President Bush who conveys the message to Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, who in turn passes it on to Saddam Hussein. The talking points for Bush's meeting with Mubarak are authored by national security aide Howard Teicher. [NBC News 8/18/02 Sources: Teicher Affidavit]
People and organizations involved: Saddam Hussein, Ronald Reagan, George Herbert Walker Bush, Hosni Mubarak, Howard Teicher

October 2, 1989      US support of Iraq WMD

       By this date, all international banks have cut off loans to Iraq. Notwithstanding, President Bush signs National Security Directive 26 establishing closer ties to the Baghdad regime and providing $1 billion in agricultural loan guarantees to that government. These funds allow Iraq to continue its development of weapons of mass destruction. [US President 10/2/1989; Frantz and Waas 2/23/1992 cited in Hurd and Rangwala, 12/21/2001; Wall Street Journal 7/10/2002]
People and organizations involved: George Herbert Walker Bush

July 25, 1990      US support of Iraq WMD

       US ambassador to Baghdad, April Glaspie, meets with Saddam Hussein and promises him that Bush wants “better and deeper relations.” She also claims that the President is an “intelligent man,” adding, “He is not going to declare an economic war against Iraq.” [Washington Post,12/30/02; The Times 12/31/02] She also informs him that the United States has “no opinion” on Arab-Arab conflicts, such as Baghdad's border disagreement with its neighbor. [Los Angeles Times, 1/5/2003; Orlando Sentinel, 3/20/2003]
People and organizations involved: George Herbert Walker Bush, Saddam Hussein, April Glaspie

Late 1990      Complete Iraq timeline

       An unconfirmed report of Iraqi soldiers entering a Kuwaiti hospital and removing newborns from their incubators is distributed widely. The rumor, which later turns out to be false, is seized upon by senior executives of the PR firm Hill and Knowlton, which has a $10 million contract from the Kuwaiti royal family to win support for a US-led intervention against Iraq. The PR firm, which has very close ties to the Bush administration, helps a 15-year-old Kuwaiti girl, known only as “Nayirah,” prepare to speak before a congressional caucus. In her testimony, she describes in detail how she had witnessed Iraqi soldiers storm the hospital where she was an intern and steal the incubators, leaving 312 babies “on the cold floor to die.” President Bush refers to the incident numerous times as he lobbies Congress to authorize the use of military force against Iraq. But it is later discovered that Nayirah is actually the daughter of the Kuwaiti ambassador to Washington and that she was never an intern at the Kuwait hospital. The story was a complete fabrication. [Christian Science Monitor 9/6/02 [a]; Christian Science Monitor 9/6/02 [b]; Los Angeles Times, 1/5/03]
People and organizations involved: Hill and Knowlton, George Herbert Walker Bush

July 30, 2002      Complete Iraq timeline

       The White House formally announces plans to create a public diplomacy agency, to be called the Office of Global Communications, that will be charged with projecting a more positive image of the US abroad. [Guardian, 7/31/2002; The Washington Post, 7/30/2002; CBS News, 7/30/2002; Los Angeles Times, 1/5/03] It will help the world understand “what America is all about and why America does what it does,” says White House Press Secretary Ari Fleischer. The task formerly belonged to the State Department, but Bush?s advisors didn?t think it was “doing a good enough job, so they're going to take it on,” a former Coalition Information Center (CIC) official tells the Guardian. “Nobody [was] that impressed with Charlotte Beers [of the State Department] and what she's done. She listens to people. She's done a lot of listening, but you need to go further than that.” [Guardian, 7/31/2002] This new public diplomacy office, said to the brainchild of Bush's senior advisor, Karen Hughes, has actually “existed for months, quietly working with foreign news media outlets to get the American message out about the war on terrorism,” according to CBS News. [CBS News, 7/30/2002]
People and organizations involved: George Herbert Walker Bush, Hill and Knowlton

August 15, 2002      Complete Iraq timeline

       Brent Scowcroft is the source of major embarrassment for the administration when he authors an op-ed piece in the Wall Street Journal arguing against the need to remove Saddam Hussein from power. He says that the toppling of Saddam's regime would destabilize the Middle East and thus “turn the whole region into a cauldron and destroy the War on Terror.” Noting that “there is scant evidence to tie Saddam to terrorist organizations, and even less to the Sept. 11 attacks,” he calls on Bush to abandon his designs on Saddam Hussein and instead refocus his foreign policy on the war on terrorism. [Wall Street Journal] It is suggested that Scowcroft's criticisms probably reflect the feelings of the President's father. The Los Angeles Times reports: “Several former officials close to Scowcroft said they doubted he would have gone public with that posture without clearing the move first with the senior Bush, heightening questions about the latter's view on confronting Iraq. The former president has not commented publicly, which has only fed speculation.” [Los Angeles Times, 8/17/02]
People and organizations involved: George Herbert Walker Bush, Brent Scowcroft  Additional Info 

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