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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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.
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.
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