U.S. Policy Towards Iraq
The committee heard testimony from April Glaspie, former U.S. Ambassador to Iraq, on the U.S. policy towards Iraq before the beginning of… read more
The committee heard testimony from April Glaspie, former U.S.
Ambassador to Iraq, on the U.S. policy towards Iraq before the
beginning of the Persian Gulf war. Ms. Glaspie has generally been
considered the Bush Administration’s scapegoat for the U.S. policy of
appeasement of Iraq before the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait on August 2,
1990. A transcript released by Iraq of a July 25 meeting between
Amb. Glaspie and Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein was used by Iraq to
claim that Amb. Glaspie told Saddam the U.S. would not be concerned
if Iraq entered Kuwait.
Ambassador Glaspie had not made a public appearance since the Iraqi
invasion of Kuwait, which some attributed to the fact the Iraqi
transcript was fundamentally accurate. A senior administration
official was quoted by the New York Times shortly after the release
of the Iraqi transcript as saying the transcript was "fundamentally
accurate." In an appearance before the Senate Foreign Relations
committee on March 20, Amb. Glaspie said the Iraqi transcript was
inaccurate and failed to mention her repeated warnings to Saddam
Hussein that the U.S. would retaliate to secure its interests.
Earlier today, the State Department said for the first time that the
Iraqi transcript was inaccurate, and claimed that it had not
discussed the inaccuracy of the transcript before because the
department was too busy with the negotiations in the Middle East.
In her testimony before the House Foreign Affairs committee, Amb.
Glaspie said about 20 percent of the Iraqi transcript was distorted
or dropped. She admitted that she had never told Saddam the U.S.
would fight if Iraq invaded Kuwait, but said Saddam Hussein
understood her statement that the U.S. would defend its vital
interests. She also said she could not determine U.S. policy, to the
extent of directly threatening force, on her own without consulting
the president. close
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