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Unformatted text preview: 1. Road to war with Kuwait a. I raq had differences with Kuwait i. Iraq was 40 billion in debt to Arab States ii. Price of oil was too low- went from 20- 13 dollars iii. Blamed Kuwait for not meeting production quotas under OPEC b. I raq ultimatum against Kuwait July 1990 i. Accused Kuwait of engaging in aggression, direct aggression in violation of OPEC c. July 19 th , I raq moves troops to border of Kuwait 1. Possible that Iraq was bluffing 2. By august 1, 100,000 troops on the border d. US Sends mixed signals i. We didnt have a treaty w/ Kuwait, therefore no need to come to Kuwaits defense ii. We were opposed to the use of force to settle dispute however e. April Glaspies meeting with Saddam. July 25 th i. In her two years as ambassador to Iraq, she had never met alone w him ii. Told Hussein that we had no opinion on Arab intra area conflicts iii. Asked what are saddams intentions w the border conflict iv. Only a few believed that he would actually do it v. AUG 2 nd , he invaded Kuwait 2. I raqs Invasion of Kuwait a. Bush calls meetings to discuss the US interests in Kuwait, what was at stake for the US i. Did we have enough at stake to justify intervention...
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This note was uploaded on 04/02/2008 for the course POL SCI 120A taught by Professor Larson during the Winter '08 term at UCLA.
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