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The April Glaspie Cable: "Green Light" to Gulf War One


By jimstaro - Posted on 05 January 2011

While we've known about this now for years, rarely reported on by the media, the cable, like the growing list of proof of Gulf War One to Operation Iraqi Freedom, is now out of the dark and into the light of day.

A message from Veterans for Common Sense about the cable:

5 January 2011 - The world finally knows more of the truth about how the Gulf War started. A secret July 25, 1990, State Department Cable released by Wikileaks shows how U.S. Ambassador April Glaspie told Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein the U.S. had "no position" on the Iraq - Kuwait border dispute, where Kuwait was allegedly stealing oil from Iraq. At the time, the U.S. supported Iraq's recently ended war with Iran (1980 - 1988) that had ruined Iraq's economy. On August 2, 1990, Iraq invaded Kuwait. On January 17, 1991, prompted by a massive propaganda campaign, the U.S. began bombing Iraq - and never stopped. More than 20 years later, the war continues with deadly and devastating consequences for Kuwait, Iraq, and the U.S.

Based on the State Department cable, the facts are clear: in 1990, then-President George H. W. Bush's administration, failed to denounce Iraq's intended military action against in Kuwait in July 1990. The silence encouraged Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein to invade Kuwait in August 1990. The Gulf War was left unfinished for thirteen years, with an embargo, sanctions, and "no-fly" zones.

By 2001, then-Secretary of State Colin Powell said Iraq was contained. In 2003, then-President George W. Bush lied about Iraq possessing weapons of mass destruction and launched a second invasion. Now, 20 years later, the U.S. has seen our economy nearly crushed with trillions in war debt. Nearly one million new, non-fatal casualties have sought medical care as VA patient, according to VA documents obtained by VCS using the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA).

The Glaspie Cable must go down in history as the smoking gun of failed diplomacy leading to 20 years of massive death and destruction. VCS encourages veterans to share the Glaspie Cable with fellow veterans, reporters, and legislators. We must learn the lesson from this tragic war that greater transparency is needed in how our nation operates overseas in order to reduce the chance for war.

The April Glaspie Cable at Wikileaks: Viewing cable 90BAGHDAD4237: SADDAM'S MESSAGE OF FRIENDSHIP TO PRESIDENT BUSH

O 251246Z JUL 90
FM AMEMBASSY BAGHDAD
TO SECSTATE WASHDC IMMEDIATE 4627
INFO AMEMBASSY ABU DHABI IMMEDIATE
AMEMBASSY CAIRO IMMEDIATE
AMEMBASSY KUWAIT IMMEDIATE
AMEMBASSY RIYADH IMMEDIATE
ARABLEAGUE COLLECTIVE

S E C R E T SECTION 01 OF 05 BAGHDAD 04237

E.O. 12356: DECL:OADR
TAGS: MOPS PREL US KU IZ
SUBJECT: SADDAM'S MESSAGE OF FRIENDSHIP TO PRESIDENT BUSH {continued}

What the following article, below, tells about James Baker's related role is that the GHW Bush administration quite deliberately caused Saddam Hussein to use his army to invade Kuwait. It's clear enough that the US Administration deliberately acted to provoke or even force, coerce the invasion of Kuwait by Iraq and this was by using somewhat subtle, disguisable anyway, but also strong means. The US acted to provoke Iraq to invade Kuwait in order to have "justification" for launching the in-place, prepared and more powerful US military machine against Iraq.

"America's "Justice" in Occupied Iraq: Why Tariq Aziz Should Be Released"

by Muriel Mirak-Weissbach, Sept. 16, 2010

www.globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=va&aid=21071

Re. Tariq Aziz:

A "good" reason to silence Tariq, aka Tareq, Aziz is because of what he personally knows of the US having really coerced Iraq into invading Kuwait, but the article also specifically describes what James Baker did and said, and readers will appreciate this information.

Tariq/Tareq Aziz was put on death row this past year, which caused plenty of alarm articles to appear at a [few] Web sites, extremely few in the US. But I haven't seen any updates since, so I don't know whether he's been executed or not by the criminal regime in Baghdad. Up to that point, he had been disallowed visits from family and I believe also lawyers, and this might've been decided based on him having served as an official in Saddam Hussein's government, but possibly to keep any sensitive information he hadn't yet revealed secret, also?

He was not a war criminal and never was responsible for crimes against anyone. According to the above article, which is by a very good author, he had and has (if still alive) real conscience, as well as Iraqi loyalty, and he didn't always agree with Saddam Hussein, but was a subordinate and not above President. He was a Foreign Minister; not President, PM, Defense/War Minister, General, et cetera. He evidently did the best that he could in the position that he held, and did much better than [most] US politicians and Secretaries have done and do, today.

If the US was to support putting him to death, then the US would need to execute most members of the Congress and Senate, as well as executive branch's top officials, plenty of DoJ officials, aka "justices", military commanders, and so on. But US elites love double standards.

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