America's involvement in the war

To what extent was the Cuban Missile Crisis, a result of the U.S. deployment of missiles in Turkey?
This investigation sets out to research the opposing interpretations over the reasons for the Russian deployment of nuclear missiles in Cuba. It attempts to establish the role of the US deployment of missiles in Turkey prior to the Cuban Missile Crisis in 1962. It examines whether the USSR put their missiles in Cuba as a means to defend the socialist island from America or as a retaliatory act. It examines opposing views suggested by Philip Nash in The Other Missiles of October: Eisenhower, Kennedy, and the Jupiters in Europe, 1957-1963 and John L. Gaddis in We Now Know: Rethinking Cold War History. It will evaluate these sources for their origin, purpose, value and limitation and will assess evidence revealed in William Taubman's Khrushchev: the Man and His Era and transcripts of Nikita Khrushchev's tapes in Khrushchev Remembers.
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Starting point

Iraq, without justification or excuse, invaded and conquered Kuwait in order to gain control of its oil wealth and, quite possibly, as a prelude to doing the same thing to Saudi Arabia. The United States, with modest help from allies and other Arab states assembled a large army and forced Iraq out.

  • The gulf war was caused in the most part by Saddam Hussein's need for oil. He had amassed a huge debt with western Europe during the Iran-Iraq war and needed some way of re-paying that money. Hussein had also caught Kuwait exceeding quota's set out by OPEC which drove the price of oil down and making Iraq lose money. Iraq did also not have direct access to the Persian Gulf which would help in the exporting and importing of goods.
  • Saddam considered Kuwait as being a rogue providence. He also disliked Kuwait due to the fact it is mainly Shi'ite. From everything I have read, Saddam apparently brought it up to one of his closest allies, the French, and received little to no resistance on the thought of an invasion. During this period, the Iraq government was the top buyer of French military goods and the French had the majority of oil contracts in the country. Saddam was on the verge of canceling the Russian contracts and awarding them to the French. Saddam also accused the Kuwait government of stealing oil from the oil rich Basra area. Apparently their rigs were very close to the borders and Saddam felt that the oil was coming from Iraq's reserves.
  • America's involvement in the war was started by Kuwait asking for help getting invaders out of their country.
  • The Gulf War, aka Desert Storm, was the result of Iraq's invasion of Kuwait.

    Here's the truth

    There were no innocent parties in that war. The whole thing started when Kuwait used a "slant drill"--a machine that can drill an oil well at an angle--to tap the al-Rumaila oilfield.

    There was historical enmity as well--Iraq had borrowed $14 billion from Kuwait to pay for the Iran-Iraq War. They were going to attempt to pay the debt by forcing the price of oil up, but Kuwait dumped a LOT of oil on the market, causing the price to go down.

    On July 25, 1990, US Ambassador to Iraq April Glaspie told Saddam Hussein, "we have no opinion on Arab-Arab issues, such as your border disagreement with Kuwait." Saddam translated that to mean, "we don't care what you do" and, on August 2, annexed Kuwait into Iraq.

    Minor Correction

    Desert Storm is often thought to be another name for the Gulf War, but it is not. It was the second phase of the Coalition strategy to oust Iraq from Kuwait. The first phase was to defend Saudi Arabia, and it was called Operation Desert Shield which lasted for months. Desert Storm began when the first bombs were dropped on Bagdad, and bombings continued daily for more months. After Coalition forces crossed the Saudi-Iraqi border, Basra was quickly captured and Operation Desert Storm was concluded after a few days.

    And another thing.....

    The causes of the Gulf War can be traced back to World War 1, and the betrayal of the Arabs by the British and French. For siding with the Allies against the Ottoman Empire, Prince Faisil was allowed to have Iraq, but Kuwait which had previously been part of this land was not included

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