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Profile: George Herbert Walker Bush


Positions that George Herbert Walker Bush has held:

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George Herbert Walker Bush actively participated in the following events:


1986      US knowledge 1980s

       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, Howard Teicher, Hosni Mubarak

October 2, 1989      US knowledge 1980s

       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 knowledge 1980s

       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]
People and organizations involved: George Herbert Walker Bush, Saddam Hussein, April Glaspie

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: Brent Scowcroft, George Herbert Walker Bush  Additional Info 

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