Twenty-five Years Ago: The 1991 Iraq Gulf War, America Bombs the “Highway of Death” - Global Research February 27, 2016 Snip:
The Iraqi troops were not being driven out of Kuwait by US troops as the Bush administration maintains. They were not retreating in order to regroup and fight again. In fact, they were withdrawing, they were going home, responding to orders issued by Baghdad, announcing that it was complying with Resolution 660 and leaving Kuwait. At 5:35 p.m. (Eastern standard Time) Baghdad radio announced that Iraq’s Foreign Minister had accepted the Soviet cease-fire proposal and had issued the order for all Iraqi troops to withdraw to postions held before August 2, 1990 in compliance with UN Resolution 660. President Bush responded immediately from the White House saying (through spokesman Marlin Fitzwater) that “there was no evidence to suggest the Iraqi army is withdrawing. In fact, Iraqi units are continuing to fight. . . We continue to prosecute the war.”
On the next day, February 26, 1991, Saddam Hussein announced on Baghdad radio that Iraqi troops had, indeed, begun to withdraw from Kuwait and that the withdrawal would be complete that day. Again, Bush reacted, calling Hussein’s announcement “an outrage” and “a cruel hoax.”
Eyewitness Kuwaitis attest that the withdrawal began the afternoon of February 26, 1991 and Baghdad radio announced at 2:00 AM (local time) that morning that the government had ordered all troops to withdraw.
FILE PHOTO: Former U.S. President George H.W. Bush speaks at the World Leadership Summit in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates November 21, 2006. REUTERS/Stringer/File Photo
Former U.S. President George H.W. Bush, who presided over the end of the Cold War and routed Saddam Hussein's Iraqi army but lost a chance for a second term after breaking a no-new-taxes pledge, died on Friday at the age of 94.
Bush, the 41st president of the United States, who lived longer than any of his predecessors and possessed one of the most impressive resumes in American political history, died peacefully at his home in Houston, according to a source close to the family.
His death at 10:10 p.m. Central time (0410 GMT) was first announced in a brief statement issued by longtime spokesman Jim McGrath, who said funeral arrangements had yet to be scheduled. No further details about the circumstances of his death were immediately available.
He was the father of former President George W. Bush, who served two terms in the White House during the 2000s, and former Florida Governor Jeb Bush, who unsuccessfully sought the 2016 Republican nomination for president.
“The entire Bush family is deeply grateful for 41’s life and love, for the compassion of those who have cared and prayed for Dad, and for the condolences of our friends and fellow citizens,” George W. Bush said in a statement.
The elder Bush, a Republican like his sons, also served as vice president for eight years during Ronald Reagan’s two terms as president, before being elected to the White House himself.
He defeated former Massachusetts Governor Michael Dukakis, the Democratic nominee, in the 1988 presidential campaign, and lost his 1992 re-election bid to Democrat Bill Clinton.
Bush’s death came seven months after that of his wife, former first lady Barbara Bush, to whom he was married for 73 years.
The former president, who served as a U.S. naval aviator during World War Two, had attended his wife’s funeral in Houston in a wheelchair and wore a pair of colorful socks festooned with books, in honor of his late wife’s commitment to literacy.
He had been admitted to a Houston hospital with a blood infection that led to sepsis a day after her funeral in April.
The Bushes had been regular fixtures in their adopted hometown of Houston after his presidency, but public appearances became more rare because of health problems as they reached their 90s.
But Bush was on the field in November 2017 as his eldest son, who served as the nation’s 43rd president, tossed out the first ball at one of the Houston Astros’ World Series games against the Los Angeles Dodgers.
He also had been joined by Barbara for the ceremonial coin toss when Houston hosted the Super Bowl in February 2017.
President Donald Trump paid tribute in a statement to his predecessor’s “essential authenticity, disarming wit, and unwavering commitment to faith, family and country.”
Trump added that Bush “inspired generations of his fellow Americans to public service - to be, in his words, ‘a thousand points of light’ illuminating the greatness, hope and opportunity of America to the world.”
EXTENSIVE POLITICAL RESUME
George Herbert Walker Bush, the Connecticut Yankee who came to Texas to be an oilman, died as the patriarch of a Republican political dynasty. His son George Walker Bush was president from 2001 to 2009, making them only the second father and son to hold the office, after John Adams (1797-1801) and John Quincy Adams (1825-1829).
His second son, Jeb, launched his own campaign for the presidency in 2015 before dropping out in February 2016. Bush’s father, Prescott Bush, had been a senator from Connecticut.
Bush had first sought the presidency in 1980, campaigning on experience gathered as a U.S. congressman from Texas, envoy to China, director of the CIA, U.N. ambassador and chairman of the Republican National Committee.
Ronald Reagan, the former actor and California governor, vanquished him in the Republican primaries but chose Bush as his running mate, hoping Bush’s reputation as a moderate would balance his own hard, conservative image.
After two terms in the Reagan White House, Bush ran for the presidency again in 1988 and defeated Dukakis by winning 40 of the 50 states.
The high points of Bush’s presidency included the end of the Cold War, a decisive victory over Saddam’s Iraqi army in 1991, along with the soaring popularity it won him at home, and progress on Middle East peace.
But Bush’s foreign affairs victories were overshadowed by a stagnant economy at home. He broke his “read my lips” pledge not to raise taxes and lost his 1992 re-election bid to Clinton.
Bush, who was born June 12, 1924, in Milton, Massachusetts, grew up wealthy, attending elite schools but putting off college so he could enlist in the Navy at 18. He flew 58 missions off carriers in World War Two and survived being shot down over the Pacific.
After returning from the war, he married Barbara Pierce, with whom he would have six children. After he graduated from Yale on an accelerated schedule, the Bushes headed to the oil fields of West Texas.
It was there that Bush became involved in politics, first losing a U.S. Senate race in 1964 before winning election to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1966.
After two terms and another failed Senate bid in 1970, he was appointed by President Richard Nixon as U.S. ambassador to the United Nations. In 1974, President Gerald Ford made him an envoy to China and later director of the Central Intelligence Agency.
Bush did not endorse fellow Republican Trump, the eventual winner of the 2016 presidential election, who attacked both Jeb and George W. Bush during his campaign. He did not publicly say whom he voted for in the election, but a source told CNN he went for Trump’s Democratic opponent, Hillary Clinton.
Bush did send Trump a letter in January 2017 saying he would not be able to attend his inauguration because of health concerns, but wishing him the best.
On September the 11th, 1990, President George H. W. Bush addressed the US Congress and proclaimed the dawning of a “new world order” intended to replace that of a 20th century which most Americans had become accustomed to. This was the era which two years later the pseudo-intellectual Francis Fukuyama would summarize as “The end of history” – a period when the dynamics of the Cold War would give way to an era where American power was unchallenged and more crucially, an era in which American corporate power and political soft power would rise to hegemonic heights having lost its Soviet rival to the sands of time, while the rapid rise of China was being ignored by the US throughout much of the 1990s as few Americans believed that China would actually achieve what it has subsequently come to achieve.
To his credit and those around him, the one-sided, unilateral, unchallenged and hegemonic new world order about which Bush spoke did in fact arise during the 1990s. Just as rapidly as the USSR collapsed from within, the United States began hinting at policies which were a foretaste of the kinds of aggression that the country would commit at the turn of the 21st century. In a single term, Bush dramatically betrayed two close US allies, first when he politically defenestrated former CIA asset President Manuel Noriega of Panama, before unceremoniously sending him to a US prison cell and later by invading Iraq after selling Saddam Hussein’s nation weapons throughout the 1980s within the context of an Iran-Iraq war in which the US publicly backed Saddam but covertly sold weapons to Iran in order to finance the far-right Contra rebellion in Nicaragua.
Beyond this, Bush set the stage for NATO expansion into the former Warsaw Pact nations of central and eastern Europe – something which of course was done in direct contravention to what he once promised Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev, a man who like Noriega and Saddam foolishly believed that George H.W. Bush was an honest man.
It was also Bush who set the stage for the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), a “free trade” agreement which unlike an actual fully fledged free trading agreement, prioritised corporate interests over those of medium and small sized businesses and traders.
But while the ultra-professional, cynical and publicly disengaged Bush worked throughout his single presidential term to help formulate the new world order about which he spoke in 1990, many Americans favoured the ‘old world order’ in which they had higher living standards, more secure jobs and stronger sense of attachment to their local communities. The recession of the early 1990s dealt a fatal blow to Bush’s reputation domestically while the so-called recovery after the economy hit the rocks in 1990 was one which left much of middle America behind as the return of modest economic growth did not restore the jobs lost by the onset of the recession.
Although Bush is famous for proclaiming “read my lips: no new taxes”, this phrase represented a betrayal of the American people. As it was with Gorbachev, Noriega and Saddam, Bush lied to his own countrymen and ended up increasing federal taxation.
As the first US President to openly revel in economic neo-liberalism and foreign policy post-Cold War interventionism, many traditional conservatives decided that they had had enough of George H.W. Bush by 1992. In the 1992 election, Bush was challenged from within his own Republican Party by anti-interventionist conservative Patrick Buchanan while the unpopularity of Bush’s corporatist approach to domestic affairs and his pro-war approach to foreign affairs led to the appearance of a major third party candidate Ross Perot – an eccentric political outsider who campaigned against all of Bush’s flagship economic, managerial and fiscal policies while also sharing much of Buchanan’s opposition to Bush’s foreign policies.
At the end of the day, Bush lost the 1992 election not to the proto-populist Perot but to Bill Clinton, a man whose policies were not all too different from those of Bush but whose charismatic “everyman” personality was miles away from the cold, calculating and un-compassionate demeanor of George H. W. Bush.
And yet, while Bush remains one of the few one-term Presidents of modern US history, his legacy continued to live on as the hegemonic military interventionism and neo-liberal economic policies he pursued became mainstays of the Clinton years, while his son George W. Bush took his father’s policies to an even more abruptly pronounced level when he won the 2000 Presidential election. Perhaps Bush’s greatest victory was creating a professionalised post-Cold War deep state that managed to craft policies for President Barack Obama that were highly similar to those which Bush pursued. While Obama was “young, gifted and black”, his policies were old, scripted and Bush.
And then something happened in 2016 which George H.W. Bush and the political elite he represented did not expect. While American voters in 1992 rejected Bush’s personality more than his policies, by 2016 Americans had grown tired of “Bushism” and opted to vote for Donald Trump, a man who constantly attacked the legacy of the Bush dynasty while on the campaign trail, while promising to undo the legacy of George H. W. Bush by ending the culture of military interventionism, withdrawing from NAFTA, creating new jobs, delivering substantial tax reform and ending the atmosphere of a de-facto one party state that Bushism increasingly came to stand for.
The English parliamentarian Enoch Powell once wrote,
“All political lives, unless they are cut off in midstream at a happy juncture, end in failure, because that is the nature of politics and of human affairs”.
For George H. W. Bush, Powell’s proclamation applies at several levels. On the one hand, Bush witnessed the decline and fall of the Soviet Union and re-asserted Washington’s domination over the Middle East and Latin America, all the while setting up base in central and eastern Europe during his signal term as President of the United States. Yet his ignominious defeat to the fast food eating, saxophone playing, casually womanizing Bill Clinton represented a personal blow to his legacy. And yet Bush’s legacy continued to live on through his successors in terms of the new world order policies he set forth in 1990.
But in 2016, the arrival of Donald Trump meant that the legacy of the Bush dynasty became as fiercely rejected as George H. W. Bush was himself at a personal level in 1992. The man who somewhat gracefully survived electoral defeat in 1992 ultimately could not survive the rejection of what he stood for in the form of Donald Trump.
Today, while Trump continues to fling slings and arrows at the Bush legacy, George H. W. Bush has died at the age of 94. The man who on 9/11, 1990 declared a new world order is no more.
It was there that Bush became involved in politics (1964).
Nothing about setting up the CIA out of the OAS, organizing with Democrats of the deep state, scull and bones, killing JFK...
It does not make me happy he finally died, just hope that his evil spirit stays away from earth very long.
I don't know what time his death was in Houston, said sometime Friday (30th November) evening which would very likely put his death early hours Saturday 1st December, here, over the other side of the Atlantic (+6 hours Zulu Time).
Aleister Crowley died 1st December (1947) in England. Given the (unsubstantiated) rumours surrounding Barbara Bush the alleged illegitimate daughter of Aleister Crowley, I do wonder if there is an occult-like link there.
George H.W. Bush was up to his covert CIA neck in the JFK assassination. He was photographed with a grin on his face next to the school book depository building in Dallas that morning, looking guilty as hell. Bush had dinner with the parents of John Hinckley, Jr the day that boy shot Reagan but failed to kill him, thus forcing Bush to wait his turn to run for the presidency. He left the Republican party to his stupid son, Dubya, along with the ambitious, evil and scheming Dick Cheney, who planned and ran 9/11, turned the country to the dark side, shredded civil liberties, and so on. Bush was evil and did great harm to the US.
Now the Criminal Investigation Service of the US Navy and the Ministry of the Interior of Bahrain are conducting relevant activities.
US Navy Vice Admiral Scott Stirney is found dead at his residence in Bahrain. He was the commander of the Fifth Fleet - the American grouping of ships operating in the Persian Gulf.
"The team, my sad duty today is to report - Vice Admiral Scott Stirney, our commander of the Fifth Fleet, was found dead today in Bahrain," the US Navy naval operations chief John Richardson said in a statement.
As specified in the press service of the fleet, the cause of death of the admiral is currently unknown. Now the Criminal Investigation Service of the Navy and the Ministry of the Interior of Bahrain are taking appropriate measures.
It is noted that at this stage there is no reason to assume that the intentional murder was the cause of death of the head of the Fifth Fleet. According to the preliminary version, the admiral's departure from life was natural. ■