Iraq Invasion of Kuwait vs US Iraq War Essay

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Iraq Invasion of Kuwait vs U.S Iraq War Iraq and Kuwait have a long history; Kuwait played a huge part in the Iran-Iraq war, mostly financially. Open warfare began on September 22, 1980; Iraq claimed Iran shelled a number of border posts on September 4, 1980. Kuwait funded Iraq during the Iraq-Iran war, which caused tension between the two nations when Iraq couldn’t pay the $14 billion dollars back to Kuwait when it was time to settle their debt. The Iraqi government asked Kuwait to forgive the debt, as they could not afford to pay, Kuwait refused to forgive the debt, which increased tensions between the two nations. The United States supported Kuwait when Iraq invaded Kuwait. During the 2003 Iraq War, the United States and United…show more content…
Both the Kuwaiti and Saudi Government refused to forgive the debt, which increased diplomatic tensions between the three countries. The United States had to justify the 1991 and 2003 invasion of Iraq. In both cases the United States used Iraq’s history of human rights abuses under President Saddam Hussein. In his speech President Bush stated, (1990) First, we seek the immediate, unconditional, and complete withdrawal of all Iraqi forces from Kuwait. Second, Kuwait's legitimate government must be restored to replace the puppet regime. And third, my administration, as has been the case with every President from President Roosevelt to President Reagan, is committed to the security and stability of the Persian Gulf. And fourth, I am determined to protect the lives of American citizens abroad. The United States and allies justified invading Iraq because of the importance of oil to the American and western economies. After annexing Kuwait, the Iraqi government turned its eye on Saudi Arabia where tensions had existed for many years. The United States felt they had to stand and defend a very close and important ally. The primary justifications for invading Iraq during the 2003 Iraq war was, Saddam Hussein was developing weapons of mass destruction. The United States also used Iraq’s history of human rights abuses as and excuse for invading Iraq. Finally, the United States sought to invade Iraq to rid Iraq of their current regime and promote democracy. This was not well

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