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Profile: Lawrence Eagleburger

 
  

Positions that Lawrence Eagleburger has held:

  • Secretary of State under George Bush Sr.


 

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Quote, August 16, 2002

   “I think Scowcroft has done us all a great favor by his article saying don't do it. My own personal view is that basically Gen. Scowcroft is correct. Unless the president can make a very compelling case that Saddam Hussein has his finger on a weapon of mass destruction and is about ready to use it, I do not think that now is the time to go to war against Saddam Hussein.” [Fox News, 8/16/02]

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Lawrence Eagleburger actively participated in the following events:

 
  

November 21, 1983      US-Iraq 1980s

       US State Department official Jonathan T. Howe sends Secretary of Defense Lawrence Eagleburger a memo reporting that US intelligence has determined that “Iraq has acquired a CW [chemical weapons] production capability, primarily from Western firms, including possibly a US foreign subsidiary” and that Iraq has used chemical weapons against Iranian forces and Kurdish insurgents. Referring to the US policy “of seeking a halt to CW use wherever it occurs,” Howe says the US is “considering” approaching Iraq directly, but in a way that avoids playing “into Iran's hands by fueling its propaganda against Iraq.” Significantly, the memo acknowledges that the US has so far limited its “efforts against the Iraqi CW program to close monitoring because of our strict neutrality in the Gulf war, the sensitivity of sources, and the low probability of achieving desired results.” [Sources: Memo from Jonathan T. Howe to George Shultz regarding Iraq's use of chemical weapons, November 1, 1983]
People and organizations involved: Lawrence Eagleburger, Jonathan T. Howe
          

March 15, 1984      US-Iraq 1980s

       US Secretary of Defense Lawrence Eagleburger meets with Iraqi diplomat Ismet Kattani to minimize the damage that the State Department's March 5 condemnation (see March 5, 1984) of Iraqi chemical warfare has caused to US-Iraqi relations. Secretary of State George Shultz is also present and later sends a cable to embassies in the Middle East with a summary of the meeting. “Eagleburger began the discussion by taking Kittani aside to emphasize the central message he wanted him to take back: our policy of firm opposition to the prohibited use of CW [chemical weapons] wherever it occurs necessitated our March 5 statement condemning Iraq's use of CW,” the note explains. “The statement was not intended to provide fuel for Khomeini's propaganda war, nor to imply a shift in US policy toward Iran and Iraq. The US will continue its efforts to help prevent an Iranian victory, and earnestly wishes to continue the progress in its relations with Iraq. The Secretary [of State, Shultz] then entered and reiterated these points.” [New York Times, 12/23/2003 Sources: US Department of State cable summarizing meeting between Lawrence Eagleburger and Ismet Kittani, March 1984]
People and organizations involved: Said Rajaie Khorassani, George Shultz, Lawrence Eagleburger
          

August 15, 2002      Events Leading to Iraq Invasion

       Former Secretary of State Lawrence Eagleberger says on ABC News that unless Mr. Hussein “has his hand on a trigger that is for a weapon of mass destruction, and our intelligence is clear, I don't know why we have to do it now, when all our allies are opposed to it.” [New York Times, 8/15/02]
People and organizations involved: Lawrence Eagleburger
          

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