Let dictators go into smaller countries and do as they please.
When was it decided that it was the US mission to be the policeman of the world?
And if we are to be the world's policeman, then shouldn't there be some kind of a court to try cases against the accused nations?
Fine, no one decided, but do you just let a bully terrorize another country. If not the US than who.
We have a court, the UN, but it is totally useless because of veto powers.
The US is not perfect. They have made huge mistakes. W one of the biggest and stupidest of all.
But who has done better. (Again not condoning what W did) Name a country that is better at at least trying to keep the peace.
Could they have done better, are they self serving. YES. But again who has tried to do anything better.
I have meet Iraqis that thought hussain was fine. Like pune said he kept the peace in the country. (With an iron fist of course) but when he invaded Kuwait he crossed a line.
And yes Senior got the opposition to stand up and fight but I do believe it was pressure from other countries that more or less told him to stop short of Bagdad, mostly for economic reasons.
Easy to sit back and criticize and second guess, but like I said, I'm sure the Kuwaitis were thankful for US intervention.
And where to stop. hussain started it just like putin, just like hitler. These maniacs are the big problem, get rid of these types of assholes and the world would be a whole lot better place. Then maybe countries like the US wouldn't have to step in and make the mistakes they did make.
‘Senior’ was under no such pressure, to get the whole coalition together in the first place, with UN approval essential to ensure Saddam’s long term client, which he had factored into his invasion planning in the first place, would not help him, including their Security Council veto. The USSR - an entity with only months left to itself exist - as well as hostile states such as Syria (who suddenly stopped becoming the lead suspects for bombing PA103 oddly enough, remember how Russia propped up the Assad regime, every bit as murderous as Hussein’s just to retain access to a port, not the first to have done that then). As well as others in the region not known for bring pro Western.
This is why after the Scud attacks on Israel Bush had to go all those extra diplomatic and military miles to keep them out of the war and collapse the coalition. In fairness can you imagine his Son managing anything like that?
So blaming others for somehow restraining the US did not happen, could not, the UN mandate was to expel Iraqi forces from Kuwait. My point was that after telling oppressed groups, notably the Kurds, to rise up then after Iraqi forces broke the ceasefire terms to suppress them, most of his fast jets had ‘fled’ to Iran but still had enough transport and attack helicopters to do the repression.
While they were high fiving, partly with relief, in Washington.
This has everything to do with what caused Bush Snr’s idiot son to utter that slip about the war to get the guy who tried to ‘kill his Daddy’, the subject of this thread.
Since it led to the situation in 2003 onwards, had the ceasefire being broken by Iraq been dealt with, principally from the air, internal events might well have decided it for Saddam. After all, despite just having large parts of his forces destroyed by the coalition, Saddam clearly felt threatened enough to risk a resumption of coalition action to put the encouraged by the US uprising down.